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Reclamation House opening soon

A new house that will specialize in addiction problems will soon open its doors in Jonesboro.

Reclamation House will be a group living facility for women post rehabilitation or incarceration.

President of the Reclamation House Cathy Richardson said the process first began in November of last year.

“My husband is the president of Out of the Dark and his group has been looking at doing a transitional house for about a year now,” Cathy Richardson said. “And the local real estate agent who had this property let me know that no one bid on it at auction. So, I started talking to my husband about it.”

Vice President of the Reclamation House Kevin Richardson said this is something the area has needed for a while.

“There’s simply not a place for women to go once they come out of rehab or even the prison system,” Kevin Richardson said. “Most of the time they have to go right back into the environment that got them in that bad spot anyway. So, something like this has been needed and we feel real fortunate to finally be able to bring something to Jonesboro that will help out a lot of women.”

Cathy Richardson said the support they have received so far from the community has been overwhelming.

“Since we announced this the community has gotten behind us one hundred percent,” Cathy Richardson said. “People that we don’t even know have reached out and either donated money or helped us with our clothes closet.”

She stated there would be plenty for the women to do and learn while there.

“Anytime you take away a bad habit you need to replace it and fill those voids," Cathy Richardson said.

The Richardsons said there is still a lot that needs to be done before they can open and begin helping women.

One way you can help is by sponsoring one of the bedrooms someone will be living in.

“We are selling bedroom sponsorships,” Cathy Richardson said. “And what that entails is a new daybed, the bedding, window treatments, flooring, paint and just totaling refurbishing the bathroom and bedroom.”

They hope to open their doors on Feb. 29.

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