A new home to help men addicted to drugs and recently released from jail has been proposed to be built in Ottawa County. It is called the Lighthouse Project.
"Drugs are a problem here in Ottawa County especially for males that go to jail, get released and pick the habit back up. Now there's a new proposal to get the first male transitional home in Ottawa County" said Mary Winters of Leadership Ottawa County Group. "We are looking to start with just men because white men are the most under served in Ottawa County right now."
The idea for the home came from Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters.
He shared it with members of the Leadership Ottawa County Group.
Now they have decided to go forward with the Lighthouse Project.
They have recently had community forums to educate residents on how big the drug problem is.
"Judge Winters stated that about 76 percent of people that walk into his court will test positive for drugs or alcohol. Out of those, about 80 percent will return" said Winters.
They hope to bring those numbers down with transitional housing.
The house will start with 4 to 6 men and eventually will get around to 12 and 15. There will be a real at home feel and a faith based program to get the men back on the right track.
"It will help them become contributing members of society to give back to Ottawa County" said Winters.
The home is expected to open up in a year. It will be the only transitional home in Ottawa County.
Right now, they are searching for sponsors to fund the project and a good location to house the men.