This week I am excited to let you know about a new form of ministry at our 441 Clay Street building. Our Administrative Committee has studied and agreed to allow a group called Families Free to use some space at Clay Street. Families Free is a program which provides Intensive Outpatient Therapy to women who struggle with addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. Families Free has been operating in Washington County for a decade. They reach out to women who are incarcerated, those who have given birth to babies who are addicted and other women who are struggling.
Families Free has a long and positive relationship with Bellafina Chocolates, run by our own Brenda Barnicki. The participants in the Families Free program at Clay Street will be in two rooms in the building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3-4 hours each day of Intensive Outpatient Therapy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, some of the women will attend other gatherings focused on family development, nutrition, and job skills.
I was able to let our Deacons and our Wednesday night group know about Families Free last week. You may want to check out their website at Familiesfree.com. The person who will be leading the program at Clay Street is Rachel Adams. Rachel is a good friend of some of our members and will be a fine leader for Families Free at Clay Street.
As you might expect, we consulted with each of our existing Clay Street ministries: Providence Medical Clinic, Covenant Counseling Center and Celebrate Recovery prior to this agreement. It is our hope that Families Free will be an asset to each of these ministries, but particularly to Celebrate Recovery as we re-build that ministry on the foundation of personal contact and making connections with people in our community.
I am excited about what God continues to do through our Clay Street building and its ministries. This new chapter in our history can help bring others to know our Lord and the healing that comes through him.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we continue our journey through Paul’s letter we know as Colossians.