Downtown Cape Girardeau community center is for those facing hardship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Downtown Cape Girardeau is home to a community center that’s an open arm to those facing hardship.

“We have numerous groups that help people find their path in recovery,” said Lezlie Fox, Program Manager of the We Do Recover Community Center says. “There are numerous paths in recovery, It could be faith based. It could be twelve step programming. It could be M-A-T. Regardless of what it is we want to support that.”

The We Do Recover Community Center is an addiction recovery facility that helps those have a safe place to open, have a safe place to open up, have accountability, and a place of being.

“Even if it’s, even if you have numerous years in recovery, you still need a place to go and hangout, and this is that place,” Fox continued.

The center has rules for its patrons since its neighboring community are retails shops and other businesses.

“Things here around the facility have changed here lately, you know we know that we’re in an area that is pretty pedestrian heavy,” said Ryan Essex, is the Chief Operating Officer Gibson Center for Behavioral Change. “There’s a lot of traffic in the area, so we’re trying to do everything we can to try to be the best neighbors that we can for our uh, for the town here, cause you know we want everybody to succeed.”

Concerns for the center’s location were at hand but the outlook from the center’s patrons say it is the location that makes recovery possible for them.

“I really appreciate that it’s really close by,” said Kristin Huey, a person living in recovery. “It’s not far from my treatment facility and anything really. It’s centrally located, and I like that it’s close proximity.”

“It’s easy to get here it’s walking distance so…” said Chance Landon, a person living in recovery.

“When you have to struggle making it without a vehicle, or something, like I have a bicycle, it’s the Cadillacs of bicycles but still it’s a bicycle. So I have to ride my bike here. If they were way up somewhere else, I wouldn’t be able to come, and I’d still just be alone in my apartment,” said Amanda King, a person living in recovery.

The center will hold small events for its patrons on Friday nights, or have small gatherings. But it’s not all about fun, its about the work you put into it.

“Making friends and really getting involved, that’s a big part of it,” said Lyn Wood, a person living in recovery. “You can’t just be here, you have to get involved if you want to get the help that they offer.”

But finding solace in numbers of people struggling with the same is sometimes all it takes to find peace.

“I feel at home with the same type of people that are going through the same things as me,” said Huey.

“If they walk through the door here, we’re going to figure out a way to find out where they need to be,” said Ryan Essex, Chief Operating Officer Gibson Center for Behavioral Change. “If this isn’t the best place today, maybe it will be tomorrow.”

While We Do Recover Community Center has only been in the area for a year, doing their best to help the community’s addiction issues is it’s main goal.

“Everyone loves a redemption story but it doesn’t always start that way,” said Essex. “There’s struggles along the way.”

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