Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - As the month of April begins, so does Alcoholism Awareness Month. To help bring awareness to this disease, a local recovery program has announced an major expansion.
Walton County city leaders broke ground this morning and unveiled designs for two brand new homes that will house women who are part of the Path of Grace Women's Addiction Recovery Program and who are in need of housing as they heal. This expansion will bring the number homes available to a total of eight.
Path of Grace is a faith-based nonprofit that helps women achieve sobriety through a 9-24 month affordable living program.
"It's changed my life completely. I have restoration with my three children. I have a new life, a home and a job. It's a total transformation," shared Tiffany Garner, a member at Path of Grace.
"I love it and it's really needed. With as many calls as I get everyday, I see the transformation that we are making and the differences in the lives of the ladies and their families and their children. It's incredibly important," described Eddie Mansfield, director of Path or Grace.
Path of Grace's program will soon have the space to accommodate more women in a facility designed to provide the best care available for alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
"There's a lot of places for men to get sober here in this area long-term and a few good programs but there was nothing in this Walton County Okaloosa area for women," explained Mansfield.
In Santa Rosa Reach, Sheriff Michael Adkinson was joined by other officials and members of the community to celebrate the start of construction on the new buildings at 860 East Hewett Road.
"This is about turning people's lives around and giving them opportunities. We, at the Sheriff's Office absolutely prefer that. We want to do everything we can to support these types of efforts," shared Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Walton County Sheriff's Office.
At the groundbreaking, the Sheriff told a crowd of 50 people that this project will help boost the local community.
"We are better served as a community trying to help these folks get on stable footing. And if I can't convince you that it is the morally right thing to do, I can tell you there is a pretty good economical argument," said Sheriff Adkinson.
Each home will take roughly about six months to build. Their goal is to complete the buildings by October 1, 2018. Once the buildings are finished, Path of Grace will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting in the fall.
For more information, visit PathOfGrace.net or call (850)-974-4573.
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