Recovery ministry building tiny homes
Life After Meth Ministries has expanded its outreach in two significant ways recently.
Recovery Ranch was founded on property west of Mineola several months ago and can serve up to nine female clients.
The ministry, based in Alba where it was founded by Kevin Moree, has taken the additional step of adding a service called Second Chance Homes by Second Chance Hands.
Clients from the recovery center are building tiny homes for area residents who find themselves in need of a roof over their heads for a variety of reasons.
And the response has been overwhelming, Moree said.
The first one is nearly completed. It was built onsite at the ranch and will soon be moved to its permanent location.
As Moree explained, it had been in his long-range plans (that he developed in a journal he wrote while in prison) to assist people with housing.
He had hoped to reach that point in seven years and is two and a half years ahead of schedule.
The entire ministry has developed in similar fashion – bigger and faster than he could have imagined.
And it’s all because God continues to open doors.
“It had always been on my heart to do one (home) for the needy,” Moree said. “I didn’t know how to formulate it together.”
He was sharing his idea with Wayne Jones, who serves as vice president of the Life After Meth non-profit.
They found an investor for the first home and Jones, whose background includes carpentry, began training the ranch’s clients in the various trades of carpentry, electrical, plumbing and painting.
The clients are not only giving back, which has been a part of the ranch curriculum, but learning useful skills as well.
And as one client remarked, also teamwork.
The clients will also get to keep 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of any homes, to help them along the way.
Moree said the second house would likely be built at its site rather than at the ranch.
The tiny homes measure 12'x32' are are of solid construction, Moree said.
They can be built in-the-dry or turn-key.
The plan is that once each house is either sold or sponsored, the funds will be used to begin the next project.
Moree noted that not all clients at Recovery Ranch are recovering from drug addiction. Some are fleeing abusive situations.
But all are learning, or relearning, how to live productively.
The program is based on the same principles as Life After Meth, which is faith based. Though still in its infancy, the recovery program has already seen families restored and children returned to their homes.
Moree said a bunkhouse to house eight additional clients is in the plans.
Persons interested in sponsoring or investing in Second Chance Homes may contact Moree through Life After Meth Ministries.