DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A group of recovering addicts just made a major step toward recovery by graduating from technical and life skills classes at the Life Enrichment Center.
“This is basically starting a foundation for further opportunities,” John Scarberry, a member of Good Shepherd Ministries, said.
The Life Enrichment Center is a local non-profit that helps people get back on their feet, and one of the ways they do that is by offering a Core Construction class.
“Once you complete this class it’ll help you move ahead to a trade you want to move in, as in plumbing or being an electrician and anything like that,” Scarberry said.
The Life Enrichment Center also offers a class for the men to build life skills.
“We knew that life skills training – how to manage finances, how to make better decisions in their lives, how to have healthy relationships and get rid of baggage, grief, shame – were really critical for them being able to move forward,” associate executive director Jenny Warner said.
“When you’re out there drinking and doing drugs, you’re not really thinking about how to budget your money, how to save money, how to get ahead,” Tim Collins, a client of Good Shepherd Ministries, said. “When I sat down and our instructors taught us subtle things – how to save money, how to budget – it kind of calms you down a bit and makes you realize, ‘Oh, I can do this.’”
Good Shepherd Ministries partnered with the Life Enrichment Center to offer their clients a way to get ahead on life.
“I wanted to join Good Shepherd because it’s a really good sober living place and it helps me develop my character, my discipline, and it helps me a lot with sobriety, service work, and going to churchI think it’s just the best place for me.”