Churches team up to support Recovery Center

Ann Cousineau

Churches team up to support Recovery CenterAt least five churches teamed up and enthusiastically volunteered at the Ridgecrest Hope Recovery Center last weekend. The center will provide much-needed services in this community for people with hurts, habits and additions.

Teams of volunteers arrived during the early morning hours to support the anticipated faith-based center by sprucing up the large entry rooms in the donated building at the corner of Norma Street and Wilson Avenue.

According to Briana Baca and Becky Haefele, nearly 30 workers representing five different churches participated in the Jan. 26 event.

Shawn Kelly, founder of Hope Recovery Center in Corona, will be one of the speakers as part of the “Life Lessons Seminars” onThursday, Jan. 29, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Achievement Hall at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Kelly also said that the Ridge-crest Hope Recovery Center hopes to officially open in March or April and that on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7-8:30 p.m., the center will host its first group meeting for people struggling with hurts, habits and addictions who seek hope and purpose.

The center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization, and funding for its opening and operation depends entirely on donations. There are no charges for clients seeking help.

Tickets are on sale now for the first fundraiser for the Ridgecrest Hope Recovery Center. “Love & Hope,” will be an elegant evening of jazz and comedy (not a black-tie affair). Shawn Kelly, founder of Hope Recovery Center in Corona, will be on hand at the gala, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7-10 p.m. at the Grace Point Church Auditorium, 443 W. Inyokern Rd.

Southern California Christian entertainers Vaughn Fahie, a seasoned musician, and comedian Cizzle C will perform at the event.

Kelly said that Ridgecrest’s Hope Recovery Center will be a second site for the center.

The first location, in Corona, has seen more than 125 people come through the doors for help since it opened in 2011.

At the Ridgecrest center and the Corona site, outpatient programs will make sure each client receives a custom treatment plan that includes group therapy, one-on-one counseling and encouragement seminars.

The center also offers academic and vocational training according to client needs.

Tickets for the “Love and Hope” event are $15 per individual ticket and $25 per couple. The ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres and a dessert bar. Child care will be available.

Only 200 tickets will be sold for this clean family-fun night. Tickets can be purchased at The Bread of Life or Red Rock Books. For direct tickets and more information about supporting RHRC, call Lori Blowers at 760-495-2173.

For more information about Hope Recovery Center programs, call 951-603-0031 or check the website at www.hoperecovery

centerinc.org/.

Story First Published: 2013-01-30