Hope Recovery Center is growing

Ann Cousineau

The Hope Recovery Center in Ridgecrest has grown from one meeting a week to two, with two more to be added soon, report founders Shawn and Stacey Kelly, at Hope Recovery Center Inc. in Corona.

“We have been overwhelmed how much we have been welcomed to this wonderful community. Shawn and I have traveled to Ridgecrest several times in the past few months to meet people and train volunteers to run Hope small groups,” said Stacey. “Currently we have a group of brave, willing volunteers to lead and to facilitate Tuesday and Friday night small groups every week.”

A group of Ridgecrest volunteers also completed the “Lay Christian Counseling” certificate program through Skype. Looking ahead, the Kellys plan to have meetings fours day a week.

“Hope is a safe place where everyone is welcome. Groups are informal and focus on various topics, studies, testimonies and applying life lessons based on Biblical principles. We will have various volunteers facilitate groups offering different topics, speakers and studies. We are able to provide the evening programs at no cost until we are able to expand to day and full programs under Hope’s mission and vision,” she added.

For more information about how to get involved, check www.hoperecoverycenter

inc.org, or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Hope RecoveryCenterRidgecrest. Or e-mail Stacey@hopere

coverycenterinc.org or Shawn@hoperecoverycen

terinc.org. Several people have stepped up with a heart for Hope and offered to help coordinate and oversee the programs and facility in Ridgecrest. For more info about Ridgecrest activities, please e-mail Kandi at kandi.mike@yahoo.com .

Small-group meetings are held from 7-8:30 pm at the Hope Recovery Center 437 W. Wilson Ave., Ridgecrest.

Hope Recovery Center Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) recovery center for anyone with hurts, habits, or addictions.

The goal is to help break the self-destructive cycle and give people hope and purpose in life by experiencing God’s love.

Learn more about Shawn’s story and his heart for the lost and broken through his book, “My Black Friday” at www. myblackfridaybook.com

Story First Published: 2013-06-19