Addiction outreach organization addresses commission

Suzette Lowe
Special to the Jackson Herald
Jackson County Courthouse

Representatives from Hope House Ministries, an addiction outreach organization located in Ravenswood, came before the Jackson County Commission at the April 21 meeting.

Unlike most who appear before the government body, Misty Adkins and Jessica Haynes did not request financial support. Their mission was to share the work that is being done through this Christian based organization.

“We have a number of programs to help those trying to overcome addiction,” Adkins said. “Our sober living house now houses four women. We have 12-step meetings, Bible studies and conduct street ministry.”

Both Adkins and Haynes related some details of their own journeys.

“When I was in the grip of addiction, there were no resources in Jackson County,” said Adkins. “Now there is help here. There are no more excuses.”

Haynes, who manages the sober living facility, said the best day of her life was when she ‘stumbled into Hope House.’

“I was in a terrible position, trying to get into detox,” she said. “I was willing to do anything I needed to do to get my children back. Hope House was my rescue.”

The women did make two requests.

“If you know of anyone who needs help, send them our way,” said Adkins. “Hope House isn’t just for Ravenswood, it’s for the entire county.”

With May 5 being the second anniversary of Hope House, they requested the courthouse lawn for a celebration.

With gatherings recently being allowed, permission was granted if the date was available.

Ravenswood City Police Chief Lance Morrison spoke to the commission regarding his officers.

“I’m always wanting to brag on my people,” he said with emotion. “Sometimes things happen that make me especially proud. Recently, there was a potential suicide. Three of my officers were able to talk this person out of doing that. I’m so grateful for that.”

Two items of interest were brought forward during the time designated as commissioner’s reports.

President Dick Waybright shared that the Jackson County Community Foundation had approved $200,000 for the new animal shelter. These funds were from the Animal Welfare Fund. Plans are moving forward for this long-awaited facility.

Waybright also said that the stage area at the fairgrounds will be replaced due to the roof collapsing. The Jackson County Junior Fair is slated to take place July 26-31.

In other business, Waybright and Mitch Morrison, with Mike Randolph unable to attend:

  • Approved hiring David Wayne Hancock as assistant prosecuting attorney, effective April 26, 2021.
  • Approved a contract for $1,575 with Workman Construction for new door installation outside the courtroom and stucco work in magistrate storage room.
  • Approved contracts with Balsers Excavating in the amount of $3,852 for clearing brush on state property and $2,932 for clearing brush on airport property, both to be funded from the airport general revenue grant.

After a closed-door executive session requested by County Clerk Cheryl Bright, beginning at 9:54 a.m., to discuss personnel issues, the commission adjourned with no further action taken.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse.