Area Ministry Helping to Transition Former Addicts to Mainstream Life

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 07/31 2014 10:43PM

Updated 07/31 2014 11:09PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  The fight back from drug and alcohol abuse can be long and difficult. But one area church is trying to help in that battle.

Using their faith, and arming their clients with confidence, they've worked to change lives.

 "If it hadn't been for this house, I wouldn't have anywhere to go," said Megan Robinson, an alum of the Henry House.

Robinson came to the Henry House looking for a new start.

"I was an addict in Kansas City and all I cared about was getting a hit."

Each of the seven women who currently live in the Henry House has a different story, but they all deal with overcoming an addiction to either drugs or alcohol.

The Henry House is the creation of the R.O.C. Fellowship in collaboration with Family Guidance Center as an answer to help people change their lives.

"I believe if someone changes their mind on the inside then it's going to change their life on the outside," said Robert Diamond, the pastor at R.O.C. Fellowship. "But it's hard to stay in that change of mind if you don't have someone helping you out."

The in-house transitional home is designed to provide spiritual guidance along with discipline and structure.

"You have bible studies, you have outside treatment you go to," Robinson said. "You have to be in the house so many days. You have to have a job. You pay rent so you're learning how to do all that for when you leave here."

"It's meant to be a balanced home life with a structure that is non-condemning, but people have responsibilities that a lot of people are missing in their life," Diamond said.

The program's director has gone through a recovery himself.

"That's why a lot of people who have been through it before are so good at it," said Harold McClellan. "They can see where they are in the process and not being angry with the behavior but understanding I was there one time too."

"What the research shows is that nationaly and internationaly is that community-based mentoring programs are the most successful program to save people," said Mike Insco, a local attorney who supports the program.

For Robinson, it was success. Since leaving the program last year, Robinson now has her own house and car and is getting a promotion at her job. She has also regained custody of one of her children.

"I built my self confidence up, she said. "I feel that I'm a better person now. I know that I'm loved."

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