Rooms for the three residents and other parts of the building are complete, but the majority of the structure is still under minor construction. Bean said the center is also still in need of a great many donations and a new alarm system to meet the city’ s fire code – an expense the ARM staff did not anticipate.
Bean described the center as “inhabitable, but not ideal.” Among the many things they still need – besides the completion of the construction – are counter tops and cabinets for the kitchen, new flooring, computers and cosmetic work on the outside of the building. They also desperately need beds if they want to grow, as they currently only have enough beds for the current residents. Almost everything the center already has was received through donations, emphasizing the importance of giving to the ministry’s survival.
Even though the center is modest and somewhat incomplete, the residents and Bean could not be happier with their situation. Bean, Tedlock and Collier all agreed that they were glad the group started out small, as they are already forming a close-knit, family bond.
“It’s peaceful,” Tedlock said. “You can tell when things start to get going that it’s going to be very helpful.”
ARM told the Index last month that they plan to have 25 people occupying the new women’s center within the first couple of weeks, making the need for donations all the more pressing. Several area churches, namely St. Mark Lutheran Church, have already stepped up to begin collecting items for the center.
Many prominent members of the community have given ARM and its facilities, especially the new women’s unit, glowing reviews. Mineral Wells Mayor Mike Allen, Police Chief Dean Sullivan, Palo Pinto County Chief of Juvenile Probation Robert Kimbrell and County Community Supervision and Corrections Department Director James French are just a few of the prominent local officials who have publicly voiced their support.
Those interested in making donations should call ARM’s office at 940-325-7499 or simply drop donations off at the office at 112 S Oak Ave. ARM also still has many raffle tickets on sale for their classic Model T Roadster, with all proceeds benefitting the women’s center.
For more information about ARM and the Women’s Center, visit their website at www.addictionrecoveryministries.org.