PIQUA — Celebrate Recovery — a Christian, 12-step recovery program hosted by the Piqua Compassion Network — is celebrating its second year of offering faith-based recovery services within the community with a special open house and night of worship on Thursday.
Celebrate Recovery’s “A Night of Worship” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Piqua Compassion Network, which is located in True Vine Church at 531 W. Ash St., Piqua. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.
“We have had an excellent, successful two years,” said Jerilyn Lowe, who is one of the co-lead facilitators with Celebrate Recovery.
Thursday night’s event will be both a time for worship and fellowship featuring music by the Transformed Life Church’s Worship Team, as well as an open house for the local community to stop by and learn about Celebrate Recovery.
“Within our community, there are people who still don’t know we’re here, and we want to get the word out,” Lowe said.
Participants in Celebrate Recovery’s weekly meetings will be giving short testimonies about Celebrate Recovery.
“We have had people who came at the beginning who have continued to come,” Lowe said. “They are now developing into leaders.”
Celebrate Recovery meets at the Piqua Compassion Network on Thursday nights between 7-9 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m., and they utilize facilities in True Vine Church. In addition to helping attendees with drug addictions, they also discuss problems of alcoholism, depression and anxiety, grief, sexual addiction, trauma, co-dependency, sexual abuse, food addiction, and compulsive behaviors.
Lowe said as more of their attendees grow into leadership roles and facilitators, they have been able to address more needs. Their weekly meetings include breaking off into different groups related to each struggle.
Rebecca Sousek, executive director of Piqua Compassion Network, said its partnership with Celebrate Recovery was a natural one as the Piqua Compassion Network is already working to help people who are in crisis.
“It lined up perfectly with our mission,” Sousek said. Piqua Compassion Network’s mission is “to transform lives by providing Christian hope, education, and basic needs assistance to Piqua area residents.” Its mission also goes on to state the organization is “committed to providing a hand up by empowering individuals to move forward from crisis and poverty.”
Sousek explained how participants in Celebrate Recovery can also seek help from Piqua Compassion Network, which works with second chance employers throughout the county, to find and retain jobs, as well as take courses on finances and life skills.
Sousek added Celebrate Recovery is a safe place for people to deal with the issues they face.
“It’s safe. It’s confidential,” Sousek said, adding it is also a place where people can come and “feel cared about.”
Those in Celebrate Recovery also form bonds through the non-judgmental atmosphere. Lowe said one their sayings is, “We recover together.”
Celebrate Recovery’s “A Night of Worship” is another avenue to try to reach more people in need who may not know what Celebrate Recovery is or how it works.
Sousek praised the local faith community, social services, and the local recovery community for their continued support of Celebrate Recovery.
For more information, find Celebrate Recovery or the Piqua Compassion Network on Facebook or contact the Piqua Compassion Network at (937) 778-8856.