They may not know it, but anyone who spent a few bucks at the sprawling yard sale held over the weekend at the House of Hope rehabilitation center did their part to combat the Brazil area's growing problem of drug addiction.
According to Ken Williams, an assistant resident director at the facility, the annual sale is among the most important sources of income for the donor-supported rehab unit, one of 13 centers within the nationwide Mission Teens network.
While he was unable to release the amount of revenue generated by this year's sale, he said the center's profits represent a tidy chunk of its annual income.
"It's one of the largest fundraising events we have," he said.
The House of Hope and other Mission Teens facilities do not receive tax revenues-- all are funded by donations and other fundraisers. In the case of the yard sale, also a fixture at several other Mission Teens locations, every item up for purchase-- ranging from baby clothes to full-size refrigerators-- was donated to the center by members of the community.
"We have everything: Clothing, furniture, electronics, small appliances, large appliances-- you name it," Williams said.
According to Williams, a donation to the House of Hope is also a sound investment in the community.
The facility is an increasingly rare breed among rehab centers: The services provided at the live-in facility-- centered around group counseling and intensive Bible study-- are offered completely free of charge.
As methamphetamine addiction reaches epidemic proportions in the area, the free facility is becoming more and more important.
"It's a program for people who are desperate," Williams said. "If they want to change, there's a good chance they will."
For more information on the House of Hope's rehabilitation program, or to donate to the center, contact the House of Hope at (812)446-2216.