Their presence, however, is also of support for individuals who are working to improve their lives. The community is home to WhoSoEver Men’s Recovery House, a faith-based men’s sobriety program housed in the town’s statuesque, brick, multi-story former school. Integro Recovery & Detox, a 21-day detox facility, will be built alongside transitional and efficiency housing just down the street, the latter projects led by Luebbering, Collation of Charities and the Stotts City community.
“Then this land is where the detox will be,” she says of an area a few blocks away from the garden and playground which will also include a greenhouse and ability to grow food on-site. “Integro staff wants the people that are in the detox to be able to during the day to be outside and have purpose.”
The new detox facility and housing are needed resources in the area, where Luebbering estimates that more than 2,000 individuals in Barry and Lawrence counties struggle with active addiction. Those who are in treatment in Stotts City will have support in finding stable housing and applying for jobs, efforts that are furthered by the work done while in treatment.
“There’s just a holistic, healthy approach to addiction and recovery of having your hands in the dirt. We will work with residents in local programs to be able to install all of these different ventures and in turn not incur a labor charge, which helps us do more and helps participants build their résumés,” Luebbering says. “We want to be able to let them come back and maintain them, either as a resident of a transitional house, or once they’re out of a recovery program and back with their families, to be able to come and show people what they did. It’s a positive thing in their life that they can keep anchored to.”
By Kaitlyn McConnell, writer in residence for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks