"High on Hope" seeks more treatment facilities for women

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Local ministers heard Monday from a woman for whom High on Hope was a lifesaver.

"I overdosed-on heroin-and they came into my room and I never looked back," said Julia Kempton. "I took God's hand and never looked back."

And it wants to find more success stories from people like her. It says the problem is, most of the area's treatment facilities primarily serve male clients.

"When we help women, we have to send them a couple of hours out", says Tim Craft, the ministry's founder. "There's not a lot of things we have. We have a couple of options, but they're full at times. And it seems we have a lot more women reach out than we do men."

It wants to establish a center for women, something Craft says will take time, money-and the support of local churches of all sizes and denominations.

But he believes the recent slight declines in overdoses are a result of efforts of his ministry-and others.

"It's not only our success, but I believe, as a community, we're beginning to step up and see a difference. We've seen so much success that we are enabling a lot of people to find freedom and life again."

Craft adds combating the crisis is not just a job of law enforcement-although Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens was highly praised Monday morning for his efforts-but of faith-based groups such as the one he founded.