DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — Though women who step through the doors at Open Door Recovery face a rough road ahead, more than 100 have taken those tentative steps to a better life. And more than half succeeded.
“Our success rate is right at 50 percent when the national average is closer to around 20 percent,” said Paula May, Open Door Recovery’s executive director. “They’re looking for a chance to make their lives better.”
The facility provides residential services and counseling for women seeking to end their dependency on drugs or alcohol. The program opened four years ago this past May and has served 106 women.
On Aug. 11, Open Door Recovery is hosting an open house at First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls, from 5-7 p.m. The church is located at 1101 Bluebonnet Drive. During the event, several women who have changed their lives through Open Door Recovery will share their stores.
It’s a “summer picnic” setting, so people can enjoy gourmet hot dogs and other food as they learn more about the program. May said because of the sensitivity of Open Door Recovery, organizers decided to hold the open house at First United Methodist Church instead of the actual facility.
The faith-based alcohol and drug recovery program doesn’t accept state and federal funding, making local contributions paramount to the success and continued operation of the facility. May said it cost about $7,000 a month to keep the voluntary residential facility open.
“We’re supported by the community,” May said. “We have couples and people who send us as little as $10 a month. Whatever they can help us with.”
Despite no state or federal funding, the program manages to meet its needs, something May credited to God.
“Every day, every week and every month, God meets our needs,” she said.
The public is welcome to the open house. Go to opendoorrecovery.net or call (830) 693-9292 for more information on the program.