LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -After a year in operation, Seasons of Hope Center has finished their dorm. It's a place where women learn how to live their second chance.
"A lot of people came to me and said the statistics say not very many people recover, but we felt if one person could benefit from this it would be worth it all," said Seasons of Hope Center Executive Director Carlene Smith.
Carlene smith is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. She bought the 34-acre facility four years ago and started the Christian wellness center.
"It gives them the opportunity not to have to worry about bills or anything. [There's] nothing to distract them from their walk with Christ,which is the center of their sobriety," explained Smith.
Now, they have a new dorm with ten beds to teach women who come from across the nation how to start over.
"They go to work and while they're working, we take a small percentage of their money and we allow them to pay their tithes and their parole or their probation fees," said Smith. "The rest of the money goes into their bank account and it goes into their savings. At the end of their stay here, their one year stay, their money is there for them to buy a car or for them to get their own place to live."
Those that have been in the program are grateful for a community willing to donate the resources to get the dorm up and running.
"The outpouring and the heart that everybody has put into this place is really overwhelming that people can come out and give that much," said one client.
The women feel it's an investment in their future.
"We may never totally recover, it is always sitting there, but we teach them how to live a life and not choose that path anymore," said Smith.
"There is a better life than where they've come from," said client Loretta Fry.
The center is a place where they may not be able to turn back time, but they can start over.
Smith said she would like to open a men's facility in the future. She is also planning on offering Biblical programs to the public on marriage counseling, anger, and low self-esteem.