ELYRIA — Two new residents for the recovery house at 154 Irondale St. cut the ribbon for their new home Thursday afternoon.
Timothy Dunn, 23, and Steve Campana, 46, and three other men officially moved into the recovery home, which is adjacent to Road to Hope’s main campus on the same street, on Friday.
Road to Hope, an Ohio Recovery Housing-certified private, nonprofit organization, has multiple sober living residences in Lorain and Sandusky counties. The home was constructed to fit the growing needs of individuals affected by the opioid crisis, said Road to Hope Executive Director Jeffrey Kamms.
The housing program has three levels of housing, with each descending level allowing more freedoms and less supervision. The newly opened home is level 1, which is largely self-directed group housing. Level 3 housing is supervised housing with certified staff on the premises, according to ohiorecoveryhousing.org.
Dunn, who had been struggling with drug addiction since the age of 15, joined the program after hearing about it through some support groups in the area when he was 20. He recently received his associate of arts and science degrees from Lorain County Community College.
“It’s great; it’s a really good place for sure. I definitely wouldn’t have been here without it,” he said.
Campana, who has spent 29 years facing drug addiction, made his way to Road to Hope in 2017 based on a friend’s referral. A few months into the program, he nearly lost his life after an opioid overdose. Campana said he turned over a new leaf after waking from an overdose-induced coma just days before he was about to be taken off life support. After returning to the program in October that year, Campana began making much greater progress and even found employment at Road to Hope.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to Road to Hope, to Jeff (Kamms), for even giving me the opportunity to work here. I love my job now,” he said.
Both men started at the level 3 housing and also worked for Road to Hope and volunteered as house managers for the housing program. In that position, they worked as assistants for the staff and get to know the individuals in the recovery homes.
The house has five bedrooms, as well as a living room, two bathrooms, an office, laundry room and a kitchen. Almost all of the bedrooms are furnished with beds, dressers and sofas; there’s also a television in the living room area. As a level 1 house, the residents will have no one but each other to rely on to stay sober in the home, although the campus services are available across the street.
The home is funded by the organization’s partnerships with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The Nord Family Foundation, Nick Mayer Ford Lincoln, the Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board and many individuals.
The men have no limit to how long they can stay in the home, and can leave when they decide the time is right. Road to Hope is looking to start building a level 2 house in Elyria later this year.
To learn more about Road to Hope or to make a donation, visit road-to-hope.org.
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