Lydia's Home is a six-bed recovery home and mentoring program for women recovering from incarceration and opioid addiction, developed, managed and funded by Broken Chains Ministry.

Located in the City of Green in Akron, Lydia’s Home will offer residents a recovery and identity restoration program.

The mission of Lydia’s Home is to address the opioid crisis in Summit County by providing a supportive, home-based program that addresses situational, generational, physical, logistical and spiritual needs of women who are committed to overcoming addiction, incarceration and homelessness.

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Program Pillars

Lydia’s Home residents will participate in a 5-pillar program.

With these practical and spiritual steps we believe that Lydia’s Home will have a positive impact on the lives of our residents, their families and friends, and our community.


A sixty-day study series in life formations.

Substance abuse recovery program with relapse prevention and life coping skills.

Identity restoration, payment of fines, restitution and court costs.

Job readiness training and/or GED training (if applicable).

Financial literacy training and budgeting, including setting up a bank account and saving for the future.


Lydia's Home Staff

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Tamela Shawhan
Director of Operations


Marissa Snyder
Resident Supervisor

Kristi Moncier
Resident Supervisor

Dawn Blair
Resident Supervisor

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When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
— Acts 16:15

Opioid Addiction/Death in the U.S.

Overdoses are now the #1 killer of people under the age of 50; more than peak car crashes, HIV and gun deaths. (NBC News - One Nation Overdosed)

Drugs are the leading cause of accidental death in this country. Fatal overdoses surpassed shooting deaths and fatal traffic accidents years ago. (CNN)

From the year 2000 to 2015, total opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled. Year 2000 - 8,407 deaths, year 2015 - 33,091 deaths. (National Institute on Drug Abuse - Article, Overdose Data Sheet)


Opioid Addiction/Death in Ohio

Ohio has become the epicenter of the opioid crisis where experts estimate there will be 10,000 (or more) overdose deaths this year (2017) alone - more than in the entire nation in 1990. (NBC News)

Montgomery County (near Dayton), is on pace to have more than 800 overdose deaths this year alone (2017). Per capita, they are number one in the nation for overdose deaths. (Sheriff Phil Plummer, Montgomery County - NBC News)