’Open Door’ meets to share ideas

More than a dozen members of the local Christian community met Friday, April 25, to gather information about ongoing activities and future programs from local churches listed on the High Desert Open Door website (highdesertopendoor.org).

The group met at Crossroads Community Church and shared ideas to add more website pages to include youth activities, local faith-based counseling, rehab centers, residential treatment centers, and other supportive resources.

The goal of the site is to be a web presence and central source for all churches and the community. Site developers aim to provide understandable Christian and Biblically based information for those struggling with addiction, as well as for parents, friends and counselors.

The growing church community is communicating with legal systems, schools, law enforcement and probation organizations, said Bill Corley of Crossroads. “Our No. 1 challenge right now is to go and get Christian-based resources we know are out there. “

In addition to addiction-related information, the website will accommodate postings of classes, studies, recreational and other faith-based activities for youth, parents and families. The site could include details for upcoming faith-based summer camp opportunities, vacation Bible schools, and other things of interest to youth.

Warren Jaul of High Desert New Directions was introduced at the meeting. He leads a Biblically based counseling group serving volunteers and participants of the former Hope Recovery Center faith-based facility at the corner of Norma and Wilson Streets. Support meetings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7-8:30 p.m. There is also a study session held on Fridays from 6:30-8 p.m.

“We are a Christ-centered place, offering Christian support groups, but not at a church,” said Jaul. “Currently we are studying a six-week self-confrontation course using the workbook ‘Living Victoriously’ and the Bible.”

The High Desert Open Door website is part of a faith-based, “Not in Our Town” effort started here by Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason that was originally inspired by the “Stop Meth Now” movement of the Kern County Methamphetamine Reduction Task Force.

The mission of the website is help seekers find facts and treatment for life-controlling and destructive addictions to drugs, alcohol, emotional issues and compulsions.

For information about High Desert New Directions, call Warren Jaul at 760-384-8493. To learn about the faith-based group “Not in Our Town,” contact Vicki Rizzardini at 760-382-1311 or rizzardiniv@gmail.com.

Story First Published: 2014-04-30