Recovery center hopes to expand operations

Posted at: 03/18/2014 5:42 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Inside a small store front on Main Street in Farmington, people are making a difference.

Perry Begay is a former client of the Exodus Recovery Center.

“I just try helping them out 'cause I have been sober for quite a while now,” Begay says.

Now he volunteers at the center.

For Begay, helping his own people become sober and be a part of society is personal.

“This place is here to put their hands out to help them. That’s what they did to me.”

Exodus Recovery Services provides classes for homeless and helps them get back into the workforce and, most importantly, stay clean.

“All of them are based on boundaries and socialization skills, so they can main stream back in, because boundaries are gone,” said Lilah Westrick, the center’s director.

To be most effective, they need some help: Specifically, money to install a fire sprinkler system.

Westrick says $50,000.

The fire suppression system will allow Westrick to not be forced to turn people back out onto the streets after closing time.

“If they have a place and sometimes we will open during the day for this reason, especially with the older population, they won’t drink.”

Until that money is raised, classes and counseling are offered in the evenings and a difference is made one person at a time.

To Begay, Exodus is, “a well needed place here.”