PRINCETON — A Vincennes-based nonprofit organization is expanding its mission to Gibson County, with renovations under way at the former Nazarene church building on East Emerson Street.
Addiction Solutions Corporation plans programs and transitional housing in the former church building later this fall, when the renovations are complete.
The organization, founded by Todd Kolehouse of Vincennes, has two facilities in Vincennes and a co-ed facility in Olney, Illinois. The new Princeton program will provide recovery programs and transitional housing for up to 30 men. Organizers hope to work with the local court system and other organizations to help those in recovery.
Participants attend 12-step meetings, are drug-tested, attend a weekly church service and Bible study one night a week, and work with a sponsor.
The local program provides structure and helps participants re-enter the workforce, with part-time employment during their recovery. Program manager Kevin Hueby, who completed a recovery program himself, will live on site. Hueby said the program requires participants to perform chores and learn responsibilities, including budgeting.
“We help them learn a new way of living,” he said.
Saturday was a work day, where volunteers with the organization and in the community spent time painting and preparing for the transformation of the building.
Volunteers plan to leave the church sanctuary in its original purpose, but are creating housing space in the basement of the facility.
Stephanie Bishop, of Princeton, and her husband hosted Saturday’s volunteer work day.
“I’m just a helper,” she said. “But I’m a huge believer that Gibson County needs this.”
The Bishop family worshiped in the building before her congregation, New Life Church of the Nazarene, moved to its new building.
Bishop said she’s thrilled the church building will provide the service to the community.
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