By TYLER MASK
To further the ministry's reach, Addiction Recovery Ministries officially opened its third location on Feb. 23 at Possum Kingdom Lake. The other two locations are at 112 South Oak Avenue, Mineral Wells, Texas 76067, which is “home office,” and at Lone Camp.
Pastor Ted Oliver directs the foundation out of the home office, Pastor Randy Lawrence of the Mission at Lone Camp directs the LC location, and now Chaplain Don Blair has been added to the crew, directing the new location at PK Lake.
Oliver, alongside PK Lighthouse President Peggy Gibson, took Blair and his staff through a 16-hour intensive study to certify the new team as ARM affiliates. Although the new ARM facility serves PK as a separate non-profit entity from the other ARM locations, Oliver is excited to share that Marily Blair, wife of Don Blair, is the United Way Representative in Mineral Wells.
ARM officially began in 2005 underneath the Ministerial Alliance during the Nehemiah Project.
Oliver, who has ministered for more that 40 years, alongside three other pastors, were the founders of the project. In 2009, ARM received its own 501c3 tax exemption.
“That has grown to such a degree that we handle 100 clients a week,” Oliver said.
That's 33.3 percent more per week compared to last July alone.
“Down at Lone Camp, he handles 10 to 12 a week,” Oliver said. “Now Possum Kingdom is just getting started, but just this Monday, we sent them two clients that live at Possum Kingdom Lake. This week alone, we have enrolled five new clients in our program. It's that kind of thing that happens week after week.”
ARM offers more than 20 different classes, all of which cater to the specific needs of each client as recommended by their case worker and ARM. Each client undergoes various classes and routes to recovery.