BCM Announces Plans for Lydia’s Home


Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) is planning for a summer grand opening of Lydia's Home, a six-bed Summit County recovery home and mentoring program that will provide supportive housing for women overcoming opiate addiction and incarceration. 

This supportive housing project is the next step in the ministry’s mission, focusing on the unique needs of the female population.

“Women in northeast Ohio have been gravely affected by the opiate addiction epidemic as well as addiction to methamphetamine and crack cocaine; this negatively impacts them, our community and our state,” said Dennis Shawhan, Executive Director of Broken Chains Ministry. “With practical, holistic and spiritual programs that support the recovery and well being of the whole person, we believe we will have a great impact on our clients’ lives and on the Akron community.”

Each client will go through an initial sixty-day program of study focused on substance abuse recovery, identity restoration (including restitution), and developing life skills such as job readiness and financial literacy. Clients will receive GED training (if applicable) and strategic help avoiding triggers that may lead to relapse.