DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — An addiction recovery program finally has a building to call home.
Soul Garden Recovery Center in Danville guides people through their addiction recovery process. They’ve been looking for their own space for years. On Thursday, they started moving into their new location at West Fairchild and Grant Street.
OSF HealthCare owned the building. Soul Garden’s board told them they were interested in using it. So OSF transferred the deed to the Vermilion County Land Bank. If, after three years, the recovery center proves successful, the building will be theirs permanently.
Soul Garden Board Member Wendy Lambert says, “This is a huge blessing. This will really raise Danville up from the pit we’ve gotten into. We’re going to help the community quite a bit.”
For years, Soul Garden has helped people overcome their substance abuse addictions. But they’ve never had a place where they can set up the nonprofit. That’s all about to change.
Jared Rogers, President of OSF HealthCare, took the opportunity to help Soul Garden. He says, “It’s something we have to support in some meaningful way. If we treat these people and they go through a detox program and rehab but don’t have someplace else to support their long term recovery, their chance of falling back is great.”
The state reports from 2013-2017, 88 people died from drug overdoses in Vermilion County. Soul Garden’s purpose is to prevent people from using again by giving them helpful resources. At the new building they’ll host group meetings like AA, NA, and counseling. But it’s also a place for much more than that.
Lambert says, “A meeting will only last an hour a day. What are they supposed to do for the other 23 hours when they’re biting their nails or pacing the floor? This will give them a place to go and give them things to do.”
There are several rooms inside that will be used for family activities like playrooms and baking classes.
They’re also putting in a commercial kitchen for their own social enterprise called Comfort and Joy Pies and Puffs. All the money they make will go to support Soul Garden.
The center is set to officially open on June 1, 2019.
The building also comes with a plot of land across the street. They plan to use that to create a garden to grow fruits and vegetables and make a space for people to sit and relax.