Broken Chains Ministry Celebrates Opening of Lydia's Home

Akron’s Broken Chains Ministry is celebrating the successful grand opening of its first residential recovery home for women in Summit County. Located in Green, Lydia's Home comfortably accommodates six residents, supporting them in recovery from substance abuse and incarceration.

“Lydia’s Home offers a comprehensive recovery program within a home environment that’s built on Restorative Justice. It includes education in life formation, and support for substance abuse recovery, workforce readiness, identity restoration, restitution and financial literacy,” said Dennis Shawhan, executive director of Broken Chains Ministry. “A staff of five oversee the residents, where they receive care and supervision 24 hours a day. It’s a ‘zero tolerance’ program supported by a faith-based curriculum that sets everyone up for success.”

According to NBC News, opioid deaths in Ohio could reach 10,000 by the end of 2017.

“This is our faith response to the opioid crisis,” said Tamela Shawhan, operations manager. “The massive impact of the opioid crisis in Ohio put us on the fast track to completing everything needed to open. With the generous help of our community, we have made this dream a reality and have welcomed our first resident.”

The home includes an education room equipped with laptop computers, a library, a curriculum listening area, and reading area as well as a media room for presentations.

Generous contributions from community sponsors, donors, and volunteers, as well as numerous donations of goods and services have made Lydia’s Home possible.

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