SYRACUSE — The Rose Home Recovery Program has expanded its program to include a graduate program and residential home and held a ribbon cutting and open house at the new location Saturday.

After the ribbon cutting, an unveiling of the new name was held. Rose Home is now officially The Rose Garden Recovery Community — a faith-based substance abuse program focusing on the unique needs of women in Kosciusko County.

The new name encompasses both the recovery home and program and the graduate program and home. The graduate home is located in the former Anchor B&B at 11007 N. Ind. 13 in Syracuse. Tammy Cotton, board president of the Rose Garden Recovery Program, explained how it came to be. She said the former owners of the bed and breakfast inn had quit using it as an inn a couple of years ago and she talked to them at that time. After an auction yielded no buyers, the owner’s Realtor asked the board to submit another offer, which was accepted. Cotton said the organization has a one-year lease and then will purchase the house on land contract.

CONTINUATION OF HELP

Cotton said the goal of this second home is to provide continued faith-filled support for women as they continue to recover from substance abuse and learn to lead more productive lives. Potential residents will need to apply for residency for this affordable housing and then be interviewed. Requirements are that the women must be nine months sober, employed for a minimum of three months, have transportation and commit to six months of residency. Cotton said they can renew after the six months for up to two years.

The organization can house up to nine women in the seven bedrooms — two of which are double occupancy. She said they’ll reach out to women who’ve completed other substance abuse recovery programs as well.

There are two bedrooms set up for children who are either living with their moms or come for weekends if the mother doesn’t have custody. Many of the bedrooms have adjoining bathrooms.

When executive director of the Rose Garden Recovery Program Cara Burnham unveiled the new sign and name she thanked everyone for coming to the event and said she was “Super excited and we’re not only launching a new graduate home, we’re launching a new organization.”

Burnham said they are also looking to reach those who don’t need a residential home. Also present was Mary Schreiber, executive director of Rose Home in Fort Wayne.

Schreiber said, “I’m incredibly proud of what you’ve done — you’ve made a real community here and it’s been a long time coming,” she said and recalled the first talk with Cotton and Burnham about the expansion plans, “And now you’ve done it!”

COMMUNITY PITCHES IN

Those attending the open house were invited on a tour of the spacious home. Cotton said every bit of furniture and décor was donated.

A ladies Bible study group from Church of God in North Webster adopted a bedroom, painting it and furnishing it, including bedding, lamps and pictures. In the basement there’s a computer area for residents and a family room and playroom. On the main level there’s staff living quarters and an office.

They had a “needs tree” set up in one of the rooms with items needed printed on cards— items like laundry, body wash, toilet paper and paper towels, garden hose, etc. Cotton said at the recovery home they provide everything for the residents as many of the women are coming out of jail and don’t have their own toiletries, so they are given a welcome basket.

At the graduate home residents will be responsible for their own groceries and needs.

Cotton said they are still in need of some beds and bedding, a leaf rake and other typical things needed when one sets up a new home.

“Monetary donations are always accepted and we’re always looking for volunteers,” she said.

One resident has already moved in and another is expected to move in this week.

Rose Garden Recovery Community offers the only residential program in Syracuse and the only graduate home in the area.

For more information or to donate or volunteer contact Executive Director Cara Burnham at 574-457-4408 or visit the website at rosegardenrecovery.com.

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