Healing Place Begins Fundraising For Women’s Center
The Healing Place of Wake County has found great success in helping homeless substance-abusing men in the Triangle achieve victory over their addictions and return to society as contributing citizens. The organization has now announced that fundraising will soon begin to build a similar center for women and children.
“Children, a lot of times, are the victims in addiction,” said Healing Place Executive Director Dennis Parnell. “A difference with The Healing Place is we will reunite women with their children in the facility.” Healing Place officials and supporters plan to build the women’s Healing Place on an undeveloped tract of land near Poole Road, a purposefully secluded spot. The center will accommodate women with children. Construction and implementation of the center will cost about $5 million. Planners are asking Wake County for the land and $1 million in capital costs, and will ask Raleigh officials for funds as well.
Healing Place officials hope to have the new center operational by early 2006.
The Healing Place for men is based on a successful model in Louisville, Kentucky. The model bases its program on Alcoholics Anonymous and caters specifically to the homeless, making The Healing Place of Wake County the only facility of its type in the state of North Carolina. Before the Healing Place, homeless substance abusers were ferried between jail and the streets.
Former CBC Senior VP of Broadcasting Fred Barber serves as Chairman of the Healing Place Board, and wife of CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon, Barbara, serves as Vice President. CBC has provided a great deal of support to the fledgling organization, a shelter and rehab clinic for homeless men who are substance abusers.