CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Clearing the way for something as simple as a new shed at Open Door Recovery House has motivated board members, a local home improvement store and volunteers to get their hands dirty for a facility that helps women clean up their lives.
“The shed we had before had leaks in it. It didn’t even have a front door in it,” Open Door Executive Director Paula Mays-Hall said. “It was a little muddy pulling some stuff out to get rid of the old stuff, but (board president Chris Clendennen) took care of that for us.”
A recent shopping excursion by Mays-Hall to Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Marble Falls to find a washer and dryer led to the shed project for the facility, which temporarily houses women who are battling issues with drug abuse.
“(Lowe’s executives) asked what they could do,” Mays-Hall said.
Through the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and the Hometown Heroes Project, the store hired a shed-building contractor to build and install the structure at the facility.
“It means a lot to us. It’s amazing their contribution,” she said.
On Nov. 2, Lowe’s volunteers put the finishing touches on the structure with a few fresh coats of paint.
“It’s an annual event. We pick one community partner to be involved with,” said Rebecca Leuebcke, Marble Falls Lowe’s human resources manager.
“Last year, the foundation worked with Living Love Animal Rescue in Marble Falls to build fences for the facility.
“We want to give back to the community so they can give back to us,” she added.
The work the recovery house has accomplished in five years inspired store executives to select the nonprofit as its 2015 recipient.
“We like to keep it local, so, hopefully, when they graduate from the program here, they can be productive members of society,” Leuebcke said.
Open Door Recovery House volunteers opened the facility in 2010 at an undisclosed residence in the Marble Falls city limits. The facility has served about 140 women so far.
Through the years, the entity has relied exclusively on local giving.
“We’re funded totally by public support. We receive a few grants locally that we apply for; otherwise, it’s all private individuals,” Mays-Hall said. “We have some that donate $10 a month, some that donate more.
“Churches and local groups have been stepping up to help,” she added.
Along with local support, faith provides a firm foundation to help struggling women enrolled in the program.
“All of this is founded on faith,” Mays-Hall said. “Without God, we couldn’t do any of this.”
Board members believe that something as small as a structure for storage has become a big reminder of how the community plays a pivotal role in helping women overcome addiction.
“It’s a blessing that God has given to Open Door and these girls. It shows the girls that they’re loved right where they’re at,” said Donna Meyn, board member and administrative assistant. “The community is here to help them and help them grow, to become great assets to our community.”
To find out more about the nonprofit organization, donate or volunteer, go to opendoorrecovery.net or call (830) 693-9292.