The opening of Adullam House, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery center, is now on the horizon in Claxton.
It is the dream of Statesboro's Connections Church pastor Brandon Williams to open the center and it is finally on the verge of becoming a reality, said Don Baldwin, one of Adullam's newly elected board members.
With "The Foundry" in Bessemer, Ala., and "New Beginnings in Christ" in Garfield, Ga., as inspirations, the idea for Adullam was born. Baldwin said the center got its name from the biblical reference of II Samuel 22:2, during which time David took refuge in the cave of Adullam when Saul was trying to kill him.
The Adullam House project seeks to reshape and rebuild people's lives by providing refuge, recovery, and restoration, just as the cave represented refuge for David, recovery for his people, and the restoration of Israel, Baldwin said
He said the center's future success would be a community-wide effort. With 100 percent support from Claxton's Mayor Luther Royal and the city of Claxton, Baldwin said building plans were drawn and submitted and a board of directors elected. The next step is one of faith, he said.
Brandon Blair, co-owner of 180 Fitness in Statesboro, has already made available a building he owns in Claxton, but the building needs some $25,000 in renovations. So, construction awaits appropriate funding to prepare the building for occupancy, Baldwin said.
In the first wave of fundraising, Connections Church and the Adullam board will hold a Boston butt sale.
Tickets, on sale now, can be purchased at Connections Church for $30 each, and the fully cooked, eight-pound smoked Boston butts will be available for pick up at Snooky's Restaurant from 3 to 6 p.m., on Dec. 10 and 11.
To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Don Baldwin at (912) 225-8134, Joe Carnes (912) 678-6319, Connections Church (912) 871-5849 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A projected goal of taking in the first residents is set for the first quarter of 2011. An updated progress report will be presented to the Claxton City Council at its monthly meeting on Dec. 6, Baldwin said.