According to BridgeWay House president, Skip Mewhort, all members of the twenty-bed home for men that opened in November are held accountable, by performing daily chores during their stay.
“The first thing is to make your bed and the day goes from there,” said Mewhort. “If you are going to live here you are going to live in an environment conducive to recovery.”
Both Mewhort and the recovery home’s founder Mark Harlan are in recovery. Mewhort, who has been sober for twenty-eight years, emphasized that the duo did not start the home to get rich, but to help people.
“We saw the need in our community.”
Harlan added that while majority of recovery houses are located in cities with easy access to public transportation, the East Fallowfield nonprofit is different. Its main goal is recovery, but also focusing on camaraderie and helping participants become productive members of society.
“Some don’t have social skills,” said Mewhort. “At first they need help washing their clothes and applying for a job.”
Read more about the recovery home at Daily Local News here.