Officials with Field of Hope on State Route 160 say the facility will be receiving several hundred thousand dollars from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Drug Addictions Services’ capital funds to provide a structure for 14 female residents and one supervisor to help people struggling with addiction.
The Field of Hope Community campus is registered as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The campus resides in the old North Gallia High School. The facility consists of the old high school building, a former bus repair garage, a football field press box and sewage treatment plant the organization is making efforts to update.
According to Kevin Dennis, the organization’s executive director, the facility is one of the first of its kind to act as a faith-based community and outreach center that possesses a vision to reach the local and larger community while acting as a food pantry, youth center and substance abuse rehabilitation compound.
OhioMHAS will help fund the facility’s new structure when Field of Hope provides a 50 percent funding match with what will be provided. According to Dennis, this match will be met through donated labor from local tradesmen and volunteers, as well as property for the new 14- resident structure’s location donated by Vinton Baptist Church. Contributions to the organization’s cause have also been welcomed from other various entities in the community.
Preschool children will be allowed to remain with their mothers in the new 14-resident structure.
Currently, the FOH Counseling Center is operating within the Vinton Baptist Church. The center aims to provide service to men and women that seek recovery help with addictions based on guidance founded in Christian principles. The center’s 14-week program utilizes 12-step programs similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The organization welcomes individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity, age groups and religions from across the region.
“This is a major step forward for the campus,” Dennis said. “Capital funding will allow us to build our first recovery unit and also demonstrates the great cooperation we have had with the state and confidence in the overall project.”
According to Dennis, the main facility has a new roof and windows. The building will also need a new heating and cooling system.
For those wishing to schedule an appointment with Field of Hope’s services, call (740) 388-8454.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.