POINT PLEASANT — The Meeting House is hosting an open house for the public as an opportunity for residents to learn more about the organization.
Located next to Fruth Pharmacy in the former St. Paul UM Church, the open house event is set for 7 p.m., Dec. 5.
The open house will begin with a half hour informational meeting and afterwards refreshments and discussions will commence. Chip Bennett, along with his fellow board of directors, shared they are, “offering an invitation to anyone who feels the need to address the needs of those in recovery and to see what they can do to make a difference.”
The Meeting House is meant to be a hub for addiction and recovery services ran by volunteers from the community service, faith and medical communities. The organization’s board of directors are encouraging members of the community to volunteer. In the past, this organization had a few sources of revenue for support, but that has ended. The Meeting House is reaching out to members of the community for their assistance. According to Bennett, everyone needs community and, “The Meeting House has provided community for people” and they want to continue providing their services.
The Meeting House opened in Nov. 2015 to provide a non-profit safe place for the recovery community. Before this organization started, there were virtually no resources in Point Pleasant for recovering addicts. Bennett expressed that once an addict leaves rehab, they should attempt to attend 90 consecutive days of therapeutic meetings. Various free meetings and 12 step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Codependents Anonymous (CODA), Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL), The Open Door Church, and The Open Door Transformation Group are offered to help individuals at The Meeting House. These programs and meetings are an alternative to medication. The organization also hosts family-friendly activities such as yard sales, cookouts, and musical entertainment.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.