LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council in Lufkin celebrated the completion of a project they started last year. An interesting employee who explained why the expansion of the ADAC building is such a milestone.
"The new facility gives us more room to serve the clients. We were out of room and out of space," said Phyllis Grandgeorge, the executive director.
KTRE was there while the executive director and sponsors planned to rebuild and refurbish the facility, an effort that she says was only possible because of joint partnerships with the community.
"We are able to provide those services to those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol," Grandgeorge said.
Among those were the Temple, Kurth, Henderson, and Pineywoods Foundations. Several others who contributed were proud to cut the ribbon to expand. One ADAC employee was particularly pleased.
"Today's event is a miracle,"said Linda Few James, an ADAC employee and former client.
ADAC holds a special place in her heart.
"With the help of ADAC, this summer will be 21 years that I am clean," said James.
She says coming to the facility in the 90's changed her life, which was in a downward spiral after she had become an addict.
"I saw the name on the other side of the road. I had just got out of jail for the 15th time," said James.
She says this expansion makes it possible for ADAC to reach so many more people at a time when substance abuse is high.
"Substance abuse is alive and well in our community, but so is recovery," said James.
James says as a former drug user, she is able to look into her clients and make a connection. She's proud that the community has come is together to make a connection as well.
"This is a show of the compassion and strength we have here in our community," said James.
The ADAC executive director says they will now be able to aid more in serving twelve counties in Deep East Texas.