Open house set for new treatment center

Published 10:04 am Thursday, April 21, 2016

HANGING ROCK — A new drug and alcohol residential treatment center is slated to open next month and facility founders and staff will host an open house Friday to show the public what they have to offer.

Residents of Hanging Rock may be familiar with the building that will house the treatment center. Located at 81 Township Road 349, known as Bond Hollow, the brown brick structure stands like a castle, fit with battlements around the top.

Linda Bond, owner of the building, said it was God who led her to build the facility more than 12 years ago.

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“It looks like the walls of Jerusalem,” Bond said, recalling her trip to the Holy Land. “When I came back, the Lord spoke ‘Goshen’ to me and I looked it up and it means God’s provision and freedom. That was the only town that was left that the pharaoh didn’t own after the famine, and that’s where Joseph moved his family.”

The Land of Goshen was initially meant to be a facility where Bond could move her home daycare business. Citing budget cuts, Bond said the move never happened, but that didn’t stop God from calling her to use the building for something special.

“When we shut the daycare down, the Lord just kept moving with me to help battered women or addiction or something like that,” Bond said.

Fast forward a few years and Bond is now working with Amy Smith-M.S., LPCC, CSS, and Mark Salyers, MA, LPCA, from Lighthouse Professional Counseling Services in Ashland to open a women’s residential treatment center in Lawrence County.

Land of Goshen is tentatively set to open on May 2, said Amber Riffe, director of business services.

The open house will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday and is open to the public. Salyers, Smith, Riffe and Bond will be on hand as well as other founding directors Debbie Reeves and Tiffany Blanton.

Riffe said the Land of Goshen is different from other residential treatment centers.

“We are taking the holistic approach for mind and body and sprit,” Riffe said. “We will not be doing Suboxone or anything of that nature either.

She also said the nonprofit will use a 12-step program.

Visitors to the open house will get to tour the facility, which will house up to 16 women.

“It’s just an opportunity for people in the community to see what we have to offer,” Riffe said.