Celebrate Recovery coming to Caraway

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Pictured are, from left: Gary Earnhart, Kent Cullum, and Dwight Booth announcing upcoming Celebrate Recovery to meet in Caraway. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Celebrate Recovery, a well-established program that has been around for many years, is coming to Caraway with the first meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. May 7.

Celebrate Recovery will be held at the Caraway Community of Christ fellowship hall at 201 North San Francisco Street on Wednesday nights. A light meal will be served from 6-6:30 p.m. followed by meetings.

Celebrate Recovery is a support group. The program is based on the eight principles on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) and utilizing a 12-step approach. It is Christ centered and provides a support group while people receive help for their hurts, habits and hang-ups.

Kent Cullum, Gary Earnhart and Dwight Booth have been training and will lead the Caraway meetings, along with Janie Qualls, Audrey Booth, Belinda Cullum and Mallary Ervin and others.

Earnhart said the Celebrate Recovery program is an established program and they will follow the guidelines that have helped so many people throughout the years.

Kent Cullum has been involved in Celebrate Recovery for two years and calls himself an example of how the program can change a life. Helping others so they can enjoy life as it should be enjoyed is his passion.

Cullum has shared his testimony on turning hurts and pain into blessings over the last two years and is excited about bringing the program to the area so it can help people across Buffalo Island.

"There is not anyone living who does not have something they have to deal with," Cullum said. "It doesn't have to be alcohol or drug addiction, it can be anger, grief or depression. Celebrate Recovery offers the encouragement and help to let people know they are not alone."

There will also be a nursery provided for children of the parents who attend the Wednesday night meetings at Caraway.

Statistics show that 80 percent of men and women who complete the program go on to be leaders.

"If we can just help one person, it would be worth it," Cullum said. "Your life is out of control and unmanageable without the Lord."

Celebrate Recovery is open to anyone. It is also approved for those who have to attend court ordered classes.

It takes about six months to complete the 12 steps.

"It is a place of healing, a safe place," Cullum said. "It is hard to believe how much peace I have had over the last two years."

Cullum said Celebrate Recovery is a healing process. It is a faith based program that has been proved through the years to work.

For more information contact Cullum at (870) 372-0020 or Mallary Ervin at (870) 761-5059.

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