XENIA — The TreeHouse, a ministry of the Jeremiah Tree, celebrated its first anniversary Feb. 18.
The TreeHouse is a 12-month residential recovery house, and is currently the only Christ-centered men’s recovery house in Greene County. The program at the TreeHouse is a comprehensive mix of counseling, Bible study, discipleship, life skills classes, and community service, lived out in a family-like atmosphere of grace, discipline, and accountability.
In the second and third phases of the program, men prepare to return to a productive life that may include restoration of family relationships, steady employment, community involvement, and helping others, according to TreeHouse volunteers.
Jeff Carter, the director, is a native of West Virginia who brings his own experience of addiction, recovery, and transformation into the work that he does at the TreeHouse.
“As a person who has been down that long, dark, slippery path, I know the pain and suffering that goes on,” Carter said. “And I see daily the toll drug addiction takes on the addicts and their families.”
Grateful for the transformation he saw God make in his own life, Carter has committed himself to helping other men find that same freedom from addiction. He said knows that the lack of available programs is having a deadly effect on the community. Each day he fields calls from men and their families looking for help.
“A lot of folks die waiting to get help because they can’t get in anywhere,” Carter said.
The TreeHouse is at 130 W. Second St.
All of its staff, included the director, serve on an unpaid, volunteer basis. For more information, contact Carter at 937-207-0039.
Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.