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Wyoming Rescue Mission breaks ground on new facility

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 7:51 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Rescue Mission broke ground Friday on a new house for its Discipleship Recovery Program members.

The new facility, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021 according to Wyoming Rescue Mission Executive Director Brad Hopkins, will be located across the street from the Mission’s Park Street facility.

“When people come to the Mission they start out in a 40 person dorm like this but when they make a commitment to our 12-month life recovery program, we get them into a more residential environment that’s more conducive to that recovery journey,” Hopkins said.

Friday’s ceremony included numerous speeches from Rescue Mission officials, faith leaders and state and local leaders, including Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming.

Barrasso spoke about the dignity of work, which comes with the completion of the addiction recovery program.

“You help somebody and it has so much to do with their identity, their dignity, their self-respect and it really opens a new chapter in their lives,” he said.

With the program currently out of beds, the housing addition will double its capacity to 80.

“We have so many folks that are just struggling. The want out of addictions. They want out of substance abuse,” Hopkins said. “If you go to one of these well-known programs around the country, you have to be independently wealthy or have a great insurance policy. Our folks have nothing and they’re just looking for that opportunity.”

The program is divided into three stages. Following the ground breaking ceremony, the program had one of its graduations as participants advanced to their next stage.

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