By CLINT FOSTER
The day is fast approaching. After nearly 10 months of planning and preparation, Addiction Recovery Ministries' new Women's Center, or Women's Life Recovery Unit, is less than a week away from opening its doors to the people of Mineral Wells stricken with addiction and poverty and seeking to overcome each.
Its a journey that began for the faith-based program on Dec. 4 of last year. ARM Director and Pastor Ted Oliver took a client home that night, as he has done so often throughout his 40 years in recovery ministry.
She was a single mother with two children, and as she described the squalid conditions in which her family had to live, Oliver was mortified.
ARM already had its Residential Program for men and the Life Recovery Program that serves an average of 75 clients a week through a life-skills curriculum that boasts a 75-percent success rate. But as of yet, it was clear that a key need in the ministry was not being met.
Oliver made it his mission to find a home for single mothers.
Now the Women's Center is days from opening with that same mother who launched Oliver's dream signed on as a resident.
But ARM still needs a helping hand from the community to get its new women's center on its feet.
Oliver said the ministry needs donations to outfit the facility. When the building opens its doors Saturday, it will be habitable, but completely empty of the necessities of a home. Everything from furniture, including twin beds and night stands, to toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies and canned foods is needed.
"These women come in with their shirt on their back and that's about it," Oliver said. "It's not like an institutional situation, it's very homey. You have to think in terms of it's got to be like home for somebody who has nothing."