Light House Sober Living raises funds for new men’s home

May 7, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The community rallied around Light House Sober Living as it raised funds for a new men’s home. Shown here are, from left, Gala Morrison, Vonnie Mechan, Jeff Schill, Angela Trimble, Aidan Schill and Janaye Banks. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Every year, Light House Sober Living impacts the lives of men and women embarking on the first steps of their sobriety journey. On May 4, the community rallied around to help with that mission when they attended the Cuatro de Mayo Reverse Raffle. The event raised funds for Light House’s new Level 1 men’s house, which will open soon.

“We’re pretty much ready to roll over there in about a week or more,” said Light House Sober Living Executive Director, Kenn Bower, Jr. “The home will allow us to serve more people.”

Miranda Mann, left, is the Light House women’s home manager. She and Jessica Karazsia, right, were instrumental in the success of the fundraiser. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Sober living homes are a vital element to recovery. Too often, people intent on stepping into sobriety face the challenge of living in the same circumstances where their addiction formed. A sober living home offers them a safe, supportive environment where their recovery is respected and nurtured.

Light House Sober Living has been so successful in its efforts to support men and women in recovery that beds are in demand. Opening a Level 1 men’s house – which is the least restrictive level – will allow men at the original home to advance to the new house, opening beds for more men to find success in recovery.

Ryan Clifton, left, and Matt Snyder sell 50/50 tickets at the Light House Sober Living fundraiser. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The Cuatro de Mayo Reverse Raffle, which was held at the Camp Perry Lodging & Conference Center, was a fun way to raise funds for the new home. The event was hosted by Bower, and Trevor Johnson, an agent for the Ottawa County Major Crimes Unit and an officer with the Ottawa County Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) and Ottawa County SWAT, served as emcee. The event featured a taco bar, a 50/50 raffle and games. Prizes included gas cards, lottery tickets, private yoga lessons from Ebb & Flow Wellness, and car and boat detailing from HIP Detail.

Light House Sober Living hosted the Cuatro de Mayo Reverse Raffle at the Camp Perry Lodging & Conference Center on May 4. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Bower thanked Jessica Karazsia for her work organizing the event, and he expressed gratitude to Jeff Schill, Light House men’s house manager, and Miranda Mann, Light House women’s house manager.

“Jeff and Miranda work their butts off every day,” Bower said. “They put in a lot of work to make sure our residents get served.”

For more information, visit www.lighthousesoberliving.org.

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