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32 percent of the people in McCreary County, Kentucky live under the poverty line. As one of the nation’s poorest counties, it has especially been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
However, down a one lane road within it’s limits, there’s a horse pasture with some tiny homes and a lot of hope. A local Kentucky church is building tiny homes for recovering addicts.
Building Tiny Houses To Help A Big Problem
A Kentucky Baptist church has created an extraordinary way to help it’s community battle the devastating opioid epidemic. Crossroads Community Baptist Church Pastor Grant Hasty is building a community of tiny houses to try to help recovering addicts acclimate back into the real world, with real recovery.
Crossroads Community Baptist Church in McCreary County recently launched an effort build 20 small homes to accommodate drug addicts and help them on the road to recovery. Pastor Grant Hasty told WBIR-TV that some 32 percent of McCreary’s population lives below the poverty line, which has driven hundreds to self-medicate with opioids.
“When someone wants help and they don’t have a support system behind them on a regular basis to hold them accountable … that’s when they have issues of relapsing,” Hasty said.
Hasty is planning on building 20 tiny homes for recovering addicts.
“We’ve got 13 acres of land total and about half the land is going to be developed into tiny homes,” he said. He wants it to be a community of support emphasizing on staying clean and incorporating job training to enable people to get back on their feet.
A Hand-Up Instead Of A Hand-Out
Program volunteer Vicki Kidd told WBIR that those struggling with addiction need a place to go where they can “start new.” “There’s a hopelessness here,” she said, adding that the homes offer “a new beginning.”
She assured that the tiny homes will not be a “hand-out.”
“It’s a hand-up and that’s what we need to start doing in McCreary County,” Kidd said.
The initiative has gained the attention of missionary programs across the country. WBIR reports that a missions group in Georgia plans to build two more tiny homes for recovering addicts. Additionally, church groups from Florida and Texas plan to travel in the coming weeks to help with the project.
The Pastor additionally said that it won’t be until after the construction is finished before it is decided who will live in the homes.
The Opioid Crisis In Appalachia
As the opioid crisis has hit the Appalachian region especially hard, the Kentucky Baptist Convention is holding a training conference in August called “Breaking the Silence.” The conference aims to teach church leaders and families how to better deal with the crisis when it is affecting their own church members or family members.
Attendees of the conference will be taught how to better understand the addicted brain, learn how to reach out with compassion and grace and how to find practical assistance and legal leverage for families.