The Washington Times-Herald

April 24, 2013

Lighthouse asking for help raising funds

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — It all began over 10 years ago with a meeting led by Pete Aldrich, a former drug dealer and user, in a small building, on the west end of Washington and has grown into a multi-location facility that helps to rehabilitate those suffering from various forms of addiction. Now the Lighthouse Recovery Center is asking for the help of the community to raise funds for the programs offered at the two local facilities.

The Lighthouse offers nine month to two year transitional housing and rehab programs for men and women. The programs, offered in separate facilities, provide a supportive living environment for those wanting to learn new, sober and productive life patterns.  State licensed counselors, doctors, mentors, volunteer teachers, pastors and churches are all contributors to the rehab programs.

The women’s Lighthouse is located at 311 E. Main, while the men’s facility is located on the old county farm property at 1276 N. 250 E.  Currently, the Main St. facility can house 17 to 24 women. The men’s facility has a capacity of 40 to 45 men.  In 2011, the Lighthouse had a success rate of 89 percent according to information on the Lighthouse website.

Both facilities offer separate meetings but the meetings at each facility are held Sunday through Friday of each week and are geared to appeal to any type of addiction. The meetings are also open to anyone, not just residents of the program. Topics at the meetings include discipleship, behavioral management, anger management, parenting classes and relapse prevention among other things. Most of the meetings happen at the individual facilities but some are held at churches.

  On April 27, the Lighthouse will be hosting its seventh annual benefit auction beginning at 9 a.m. in the Simon J. Graber Building in Odon. All items for the auction have been donated and include Amish hand-made quilts, porch swings, gift baskets, gift certificates and more. The event, which will last most of the day, is still accepting donations.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Kim Johnson, administrative assistant. “We are still accepting donations of both new and used items, too.”  Lighthouse Recovery is a 501-C3 non-profit organization and operates primarily off of donations. Donations to the facility may be tax deductible.

The Lighthouse also recently opened a thrift shop in the Jefferson Sportsman's Mall, 381 W. 150 S. The shop is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Donations can be dropped off at the men's or women's facility.  Pick up of donation items can also be scheduled by calling Pete Aldrich (excutive

coordinator) at 812-444-9775; Beth Riley (women’s director) at 254-0860; Terry Baker (men’s director) at 257-0113; or Johnson 257-8812.