POINT PLEASANT — The recovery community will now have a permanent home at St. Paul’s Church.
The church, which has been sitting empty since July 2014, will get reborn this Friday when The Meeting House, Inc., hosts its first Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting at 6 p.m. in the church’s basement. Appalachian Family Services will be renting space in the building as well.
The Meeting House organization has leased the church to use it as a home base for these meetings and as a place for the community to gather for special events with the sanctuary available for weddings, revivals, concerts, guest speakers, etc.
The Meeting House has applied for its 501 (c) (3) non-profit status and has received its business license. The organization has a board consisting of those in the recovery community, local churches, the Mason County Ministerial Association, and the Mason County Day Report program. Those in the day report program will also be providing cleaning and maintenance services one day a week.
There are plans to expand meetings to include organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Alon, weight loss meetings and other peer support programs, etc. The Meeting House will also be renting space in the building for private parties, weddings, etc. as a source of income to help pay for the rent. Also, the church’s sanctuary will be kept intact for not only religious services but to represent the spiritual aspect of recovery which includes a physical, mental and spiritual approach to healing in 12-step programs. These meetings are an alternative to medication and the place is meant to be a hub for addiction and recovery services run by volunteers from the community service, faith and medical communities.
Despite meeting in a church, those at The Meeting House want to be clear, those seeking help for addiction, will not be “preached to” but offered help in whatever way puts them on that path to healing. The spiritual aspect of recovery is available at The Meeting House but only when the person desires to take that journey.
For those wanting more information on the The Meeting House, Inc., it can be found on Facebook and emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right now, money and volunteers are appreciated to help this venture get off the ground as recovery options grow in Mason County. The organization also hopes to apply for grant funding to ensure a future for the endeavor. The future will include a “drop in center” at the church to provide those in recovery with a safe, sober place to be during the day.
St. Paul’s Church is located in the 2400-block of Jackson Ave.
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