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Community Impact: Palm House Recovery

Through the help of a $10,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation, Palm House Recovery Center in Athens will assist 20 individuals with their work to overcome substance abuse and make the transition back into society. 

Palm House Recovery Center is a long-term recovery program for men in northeast Georgia who struggle with substance abuse. The program encourages the development of life skills with the goal of participants transitioning back into being successful members of their respective communities. 

Participants are required to work an average of 30-40 hours a week and upkeep their personal spaces. They must also participate in substance abuse recovery programs. “We just want to rebuild our community,” said Steve Carter, CoExecutive Director of Palm House Recovery. 

“We want to help rebuild families.” Both Carter and his Co-Executive Director, Beth Komorech, work hard to help struggling men in the community get their lives back on track.  

While most of the nonprofit organization's staff are employees, Palm House Recovery Center relies on its abundance of volunteers, such as the leaders of many life skill classes, to make more resources available to residents. The organization offers classes for residents, including a financial planning class provided by a local business entrepreneur for residents. Many of the volunteers who offer classes like these were former program participants who have since graduated. 

Carter is also a former participant, which makes the grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation special to him. “This is where I started seven years ago,” he said. “It gave me my life back.”

For more information about the Palm House Recovery Center, visit palmhouserecovery.com.