Haven House owner hopes second store gives addicts a second chance

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM.

Those undergoing treatment at the “nonregulated, faith-based treatment center” work in the thrift store, which Plauche says is a great opportunity for the men and women to regain self-esteem.

“If you want to have esteem, you have to do esteemable things. It’s work therapy,” he said. “They learn to wake up, be on time, function in a group. They have to learn how to get back in the swing. It really is vital to us.”

Fourteen months is the average stay for treatment, and in that time, those recovering get an opportunity to run all aspects of the thrift store, from cleaning to registers to stocking and delivery.

“They handle the aspects of running a small business … which will make them good employees and good owners one day,” he said. “The thrift store is really important for a lot of reasons.”

The store is second in importance only to the fellowship meetings to share the healing power of faith, which Plauche considers central to treatment.

“We meet for an hour or hour and a half … We do a gratitude list in the morning,” he said. “If the thrift store opens late, it’s because the meeting ran late.”

But there is no more substitute for fellowship.

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