Rehab allows children to stay with mothers during program

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Women fighting addiction with faith. Camp Hope is a rehab facility in Oak Grove that is helping to do just that and serving women all over Region 8.

Region 8 News sat down with Kelli Voss, an incredibly strong woman who has over-come the addiction that was holding her down, and how she says the lord has worked in her life since.

"My life was unmanageable. I didn't want anybody to know that I was out of control with my addiction because I thought I had it under control," said Voss, used to be addicted to Meth. "From the age of 12 is when I started."

Voss says she tried rehab before. "I learned how to live through the word of God, but I didn't learn how to function as a mother or a wife when I left there," said Voss.

A mother of three, she came to Camp Hope shortly after. Now a graduate from the program, she took us through the house, that for several months, she called home and a place filled with prayer. "Prayed over this room so that the next girl that came in would be blessed with that as well," said Voss.

Director Lizabeth Robinson says Camp Hope offers a faith-based program for women that also focuses on parenting and life skills while being able to have their children with them in the recovery process.

"You know head knowledge is one thing, but when you apply what you're learning with your children it's a whole different ballgame," said Robinson.

Robinson says her and her husband started up Camp Hope a year ago after having several family members struggle with addiction. "The Lord laid it on our hearts not long after one of my family members became clean," said Robinson.

The facility does partner with DHS. And since the doors opened, there's been a tremendous response. "There is such a need for a women's facility and for women to be able to have their children with them while they get help. Our waiting list is literally over the 200 mark right now," said Robinson.

And it was that help and faith that Voss says has given her a new life. She's currently studying social work with a minor in criminal justice and hopes to be able to help even more women.

"This program has restored my marriage. My relationships with my mother and father, my children. I'm able to be a wife and a mother and a Godly woman today. I'm not wrapped in sin anymore. I'm free," said Voss.

Voss is also working as a worship leader for a recovery group at her church. Not only has the program helped Voss, she told us Tuesday that her nine year old daughter recently got saved at church. Robinson says they are hoping to eventual expand and is working to start an area campaign with some of the local churches to bring in donations. If you are interested in giving back to Camp Hope, you can donate by mail at Camp Hope P.O. Box 53 Paragould, AR 72451.

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