On Sunday, August 18, the Moose Riders 1977 and the Moose Lodge of Winchester presented a check for over $2100 to the Fresh Start Recovery Center in Winchester.
The money was raised by the Moose Riders from a benefit ride held in June. The Moose plans on making this an annual ride.
The Fresh Start Recovery Center is operated by Volunteers of America / Ohio & Indiana. The Center originated in Indianapolis. Fresh Start’s second location, also known as the Winchester House, opened just over a year ago in June of 2018 at 313 South Meridian Street in Winchester. A third location in Evansville opened two weeks ago, and a fourth is under construction in Columbus, Indiana.
The Fresh Start Recovery Center is a residential treatment facility for mothers battling addiction. The mother’s stay at the center ranges from 21 days to 4 months.
One of the unique features of this program is that mothers are allowed to have up to 2 of their children under the age of five live with them during their treatment.
Trained staff are present 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help maintain safety and support. This program is provided at no cost to the mother and insurance coverage is not required.
The program also admits women who are battling addiction while pregnant.
The Winchester House is currently treating 16 women and 10 children, they have room to treat up to 23 women at the facility.
The organization’s motto is “Offer Hope Restore Dignity Transform Lives.” Lead Recovery Specialist Andie James has recently hired Community Engagement Specialist Brooklyn Brown.
“We would like to thank the community for all of their support,” states the duo. “Many local organizations have provided a lot of help and support over the last year, the Moose Lodge, Randolph County Economic Development, Brianna’s Hope, and groups from several local churches to name but a few.”
They add, “We’re always looking for volunteers be they high school students,
retirees, or anywhere in between.”
“We regularly post available positions on indeed.com, for those interested,” says James. For more information or to make a referral they can be contacted online at voaohin.org/fresh-start or email@example.com.
They can be reached by phone at (317) 617-1681 for the Indianapolis office, or (765) 584-3645 for the Winchester office. there is still much to be done.”
The group’s next meeting will be Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 PM at the Randolph County Museum at 416 S. Meridian Street in Winchester.