By: Corbin Lingenfelter, News Director
Jasper- What started as a six-month plan, then turned into a four-year process, concluded with the first men’s recovery home in Dubois County.
Next Step Recovery Home opened their doors with a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday afternoon. Many local leaders, law enforcement and members of the community joined the Next Step staff and Behind the Wire team to celebrate the newest addiction recovery home in the county.
Next Step board president Damian Holsworth told the crowd the home started being planned four years ago, with a plan to be open in six months. However, due to a number of factors, the opening was postponed until November 16, 2023.
“Addiction is something that has affected all of us for a long, long time,” Holsworth said.
Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide called the opening of the home a great moment for the city and county.
“I think it’s been a long-overlooked need,” Mayor Vonderheide said.
Vonderheide would go on to say Dubois County is a helping community and the new recovery home emphasizes it.
The Dubois County Prosecutor’s office was in attendance.
“There’s lots of times we have individuals where jail isn’t necessarily the right place for them,” County Prosecutor Beth Schroeder said, “They need more stable living, housing, structure, and this home will provide that for them.”
Next Step is the second recovery home in Dubois County, the first being the Dove Recovery House for women. Dove opened its doors nearly a year ago and reported thirty women graduated from the program. The new men’s home is hoping to see the same success.