History of Hand in Hand Recovery:
In 2013, David Douglas started a modest group at theCross Church in Mount Dora. Designed to be a pillar of support for individuals facing life’s adversities, it wasn’t long before the group recognized the overwhelming number of families struggling with addiction. However, affordable treatment options were scarce. Feeling the calling of the Holy Spirit, David took a bold step, retiring from his 35-year long service as a postal carrier to answer the divine call of establishing a faith-rooted recovery community.
In a partnership with his pastor, Zach Zehnder, a unique fundraising event took shape. Pastor Zach etched his name in the Guinness Book of World Records with the longest speech on record, preaching for a whopping 53 hours and 18 minutes. This effort raised over $100,000, which funded the original recovery home, capable of housing six men.
Fast forward to 2017, Hand in Hand Recovery integrated with The Ruth House, a haven for women in addiction, originally established by Rebecca Randall in 2007. This union extended Hand in Hand’s reach, enabling them to serve both genders. Over its 9-year history, the organization has grown to manage five homes, with 52 beds in total. This establishment has been a ray of hope, altering the lives of hundreds of men, women, their children, and extended families. Many of the foundational volunteers continue to serve, making the upcoming 10th Anniversary in 2024 all the more special.
“I’ve been a volunteer with the organization since the beginning and just seeing the transformations and amazing testimonies is really what it’s about,” Allison says. “I’ve seen families who were torn apart reunite, and broken people become healed.”
Find out more at https://www.handinhandrecovery.org.
Photos provided by Sylvia Santos Photography