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Faith Based Drug Rehab Center Facing Funding Problems

An Eastern Kentucky faith based drug rehabilitation center continues to face funding problems. The executive director of Joshua's Dream Foundation says they've had to turn down more than 100 people since January, but will do whatever it takes to keep their doors open.

For some recovering drug addicts like Charles Jackson, like Jordan Tackett, Joshua's Dream Foundation has been a place of healing and a place to turn their lives around.

"If Joshua's Dream wasn't open, I wouldn't have had a place to go. I'd have been dead by now, there's no doubt in my mind," said Charles Jackson, graduate of Joshua's Dream.

But the struggle to keep Joshua's Dream alive has been more of a nightmare for Executive Director Jeff Coots as the 150 thousand dollars in coal severance money that's been approved by both the Perry County Fiscal Court and the Governor's Office for Local Development, has not yet been given to the foundation.

"A county cannot move forward with a single county coal project until the have the money in their account. Those monies are deposited on a quarterly basis," said Colleen Chaney with the Governor's Office for Local Development.

Without the money, Coots says Joshua's Dream has had to cut staffing, shut down their women's program, and turn down more than 100 people for rehab. Coots says he will do everything he can to stay open.

"Last week, we cut over five tons of metal just to make ends meet or try to make ends meet. The problem is still out there. People still need help," Coots said.

That's why they've adopted an addiction recovery motto.

"In order to get sober, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes," said Jordan Tackett, recovering addict.

To make sure that others can experience Joshua's Dream and get a second chance.

Coots says that Joshua's Dream Foundation has taken in more than 450 addicts since opening in 2003. They currently house 12.


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