TYLER (KTYX) - Addiction is an issue that impacts hundreds of people all over east Texas. One faith based organization is doing what it can -- to help foster a new outlook and way of life -- for people dealing with addiction.
For the past four years, the New Creation Foundation has helped hundreds of people with addictions and other types of struggles. The purpose of the organization is to restore these people to a path that leads to a positive direction.
Nine months ago, Ashley Smith was facing three to five years in jail, dealing with a drug addiction and not allowed to see her two young children.
"Before I came here I was completely broken I was a mess my family didn't want anything to do with me," Smith said.
That's not the case anymore -- she was able to avoid jail time and get her life back on track.
"My life was completely falling apart. They gave me and opportunity to restore my life."
Smith is one of hundreds who look to the faith based non-profit organization New Creation Foundation that helps people fight a wide variety of addictions through faith.
"We don't want to be called a rehab, because we don't won't to rehabilitate people what we want to do is teach people how to be restored and how to be in complete relationship with God," said Pastor Greg Fleck who is the head director of the facility. The program is 12 months long. There is no medical aid, only spiritual healing and also extends to life skills, education, and job training.
As participants undergo "treatment" there's a housing for the women and men. The facility doesn't allow participants to bring their children, but with a new facility in the future that will change.
"A lot of the ladies we found would go get help but they have no place to take their children," Fleck said.
The Bethel House will provide long term housing for both mother and child. Funds are still needed to make this a reality , but organizers say when the funds roll in just like in Smith's case, the restoration process will continue for so many more.
Organizers say once the Bethel House is finished it should be able to house about 30 people and that's 30 people including the women and the children. Now there is no exact date on when the house is going to be finished, but it could be done by the end of the year and if not even sooner by the summer time.