By CLINT FOSTER
After almost a year-long journey, Addiction Recovery Ministries has finally opened the doors of its new Women’s Life Recovery Center with three women and two children residents.
The center, which opened Thursday, exists to help women in the Mineral Wells community overcome addiction and poverty while giving them a place to stay, rent-free, and rehabilitate. It’s the latest development in ARM’s crusade to help local people in need.
“It’s hard for women out there,” new women’s center resident Stephanie Tedlock said. “Sure, you could go to a homeless shelter, but they don’t help you with building blocks to be able to be out on your own. I’m 28, I’ve never had my own place. To be able to have the opportunity to work on my self and still provide for my son... It’s not only an opportunity for me to build myself, but also help other people in the process.”
Tedlock was the catalyst of ARM Director and Paster Ted Oliver’s mission to create a women’s center for his ministry. Oliver met the single mother on Dec. 4 of last year and – as he has done so often throughout his 40 years in recovery ministry – let her and her son Josiah stay at his home that night. As she described the squalid conditions in which her family had to live, Oliver was mortified.
ARM already had a residential program for men and the Life Recovery Program that serves an average of 75 clients a week through a life-skills curriculum, which boasts a 75-percent success rate. But at that point, it was clear to Oliver that a key need in the ministry was not being met. He made it his mission to find a home for single mothers.