Group Seeks to Help Addicts Develop Trade Skills

KINSTON, NC (WITN) – Members of a ministry outreach program hosted a neighborhood cookout Saturday afternoon to meet and greet withe the community.

Sharon United Methodist Church Pastor Chris Jenkins founded “Hope Restorations” in 2015.

The program aims to restore the lives of men who have struggled with addiction by offering them a job restoring old houses.

The group held a social event outside the house they are currently rebuilding in Kinston.

Jenkins says the property was donated by a local doctor. The men have fixed the roof, floorboards, and several windows. He believes this provides the men with trade skills and work experience while also improving neighborhoods.

“They’re willing and eager to work, they’re great guys, they’ve just got a past…and we’ve all have a past we’d like to forget and so we’re trying to focus on who they’re becoming instead of what’s in their past and we need help getting that done,” Jenkins said.

The program was able to get off the ground thanks to a grant from the Duke Endowment.

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Kinston’s Hope Restorations Helps Recovering Addicts Develop New Skills

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – One organization is all about giving back to the community. Hope Restorations gives former addicts a way to earn money and it also gives low-income families the opportunity to live out of government housing.

Larry Driver is one of those people who say he’s lucky that he has an opportunity at a second chance

“I got in a car wreck in 2007, and I was put on pain pills and it goes downhill from there,” Larry Driver said.

After being addicted to pain killers for years, Driver said he’s finally back on track.

“I’m waking up in the morning with a purpose,” said Driver. “I’m coming to help someone in the future with a great home and a great energy bill and all of that.”

Thanks to Hope Restorations, Driver now has a full-time job working on remodeling a home.

“We are all just trying to invest in them and begin to open doors for them and, in the process, they are learning how to help others,” explained board member Chris Jenkins. He said the organization receives funding through the Duke Endowment grant.

Jenkins said it’s important to keep the men working when the grant is completed, “We hope to over the next few years to require about 30 houses so that would be our way to sustain revenue.”

Lenoir Community College is also assisting the organization with training. Driver said, after this house is completed in the next month or so, he’s looking for other opportunities to work in construction. He hopes others will give him a second chance as well.

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