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Road to Hope House to get $244,103 in state funding

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OBERLIN — State funding is coming to Lorain County to help a local recovery house continue to move women toward sobriety.

State Sen. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, announced Tuesday that the state Controlling Board approved funding in the amount of $224,103 for The Road to Hope House Inc., which is a partner agency of the Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board.

The funds will be used for the purchase and renovation of a 3,561-square-feet home in Oberlin that provides 18 beds of housing for adult women in recovery.

“The services provided by this facility will be of great benefit to a number of women who are struggling with addiction in our community,” said Manning. “Long-term housing and recovery treatment facilities create an environment of stability that is critical if we are going to make progress in combating this crisis.”

This is not a new home, but a leased property that opened a few year’s ago under the moniker Margeau’s House.

A Road to Hope finalized the purchase of the house in July, buying it for $178,000, according to county records.

The remainder of the state funding will pay to upgrade the house, making it a better place for women in recovery to call home.

“This will increase the quality of living, but not just for the residents. This is also for the community,” said Jeff Kamms, executive director. “One of the models of recovery housing and especially recovery housing in Ohio is you should strive to be and have the best house on the block.”

With great housing stock in the form of a nearby subdivision, Kamms said the renovations, including new windows, siding and tapping into the municipal sewer system, is “a step closer to fitting in with the community around us.”

Margaeu’s House is a large, eight-bedroom farm house on state Route 58 just outside of Oberlin, sandwiched between cornfields. And, it’s more than just a sterile transitional housing facility without life and love. On one wall of one room, dubbed the serenity room, is a framed photo with the message “Everyone Belongs.”

“It’s easy to say its good enough, but when you are trying to convince people in recovery that they need something to look forward to in life it helps to let them know they also don’t have to settle for second best,” Kamms said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.



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