The Hope Movement was formed to assist women in Hot Springs, Arkansas who have had or have troubles with drug addiction. It caters to women having who are struggling to break free from their addictions. They are open to cater most of the most common addictions around.
The Christian, non-profit organization held an open house event on June 25 at the newly opened facility. According to the Sentinel-Record group, women who need their services can stay for up to a year inside the facilities while they are recovering from their personal addictions.
It was reported that each occupant of the home has the choice of having her own room and private bath, with one room available to hold up to two occupants for newly recovering women who might need someone to be with them during their recovery.
"We don't have enough places to put men and women in a transitional-type environment that will allow them to make slow progress toward living life on their own terms. That's why I find the Hope Movement so unique," County District Court Judge Meredith Switzer Rebsamen said.
"It's such an amazing mission and such a success for Garland County, because it does give us an opportunity to place women in a safe environment where they are going to be given programming they need for success and learn life skills," the judge added.
The group’s objective is to help women recover from the addiction that has ruined their lives. They also hope to help the women become devoted Christians. The Hope Movement believes that teaching the way of Christ can help addicts get free from their addictions. However, they say everybody is welcome no matter what religion the patient belongs in.
The problem focuses on women who have already undergone prior rehabilitation programs. The service is limited to helping women extend their recovery process and not help patients recover from point zero.
"Shalom helped me build the foundations that all my life is built on now and this place will help me reintegrate into society," shared a current resident of the house. "I'm not having to transition from a very structured program to the freedom of the world. I really needed something to help me in this intermediate period, and that is what the Hope Movement does."
The Hope Movement began was founded by Christian Couple for years ago. Greg Bearss, pastor at LakePointe Community Church, and his wife, Kristi Bearss, believed that they need to cater to a problem that their community is not addressing enough.
"Greg and Kristi would see these women coming to the church and filling out our visitor's cards for prayer request, but they noticed most of them only attended church for a short time. They found out the reason was because these women would complete a program and have nowhere to go after that. This is that 'after that,'" said the director of the Hope Movement Desiree Skeya.
The Community Church members started taking recovering women into their personal homes to help the women transition back into society. From there on the Hope Movement grew into a fully fledged organization.