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Celebrate Recovery draws awareness at Friday breakfast

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By Natasha LaFayette

natasha@lafollettepress.com  

Celebrate Recovery has been helping people with hurts and hang-ups for years. 

But with recent efforts by the Leadership Class of Campbell County a new kind of awareness will be paid to the volunteer’s efforts.

The leadership class, established by the chamber of commerce, is comprised of 11 individuals from various businesses in the county.

Every year the class chooses an organization to help in some way. This year it has chosen Celebrate Recovery. Once chosen the organizations decide their need and for this all-volunteer group that helps many people, it chose the need for community awareness.

In response to the request, the leadership class is hosting an awareness breakfast on Friday at First Baptist Church in Jacksboro for the project.

“More than a project it has been a privilege,” said class participant and Market Leader of First Volunteer in LaFollette Monica White. “They have been grateful beyond belief.”

The event is open to the public and will offer a full breakfast while presentations from Celebrate Recovery members take place.

Invitations for the event are focused towards attorneys, judges, counselors and law enforcement officers.

“These are the people who are dealing with those in Celebrate Recovery,” said White.

During the breakfast two participants in the Celebrate Recovery program will give their testimony. In addition to the personal experiences given at the event, a cardboard testimony will also be on display. The cardboard testimony is a written statement that shows what these individuals have overcome in their lives.

Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step program offered in Jellico and LaFollette. The Christ based program also has a woman’s ministry at the Campbell County Jail.

The program follows a lesson plan and offers dinner, worship and a testimony time twice a week.

“It is not just for people addicted to drugs,” said Jellico Ministry Leader Derrick Brown. “It is for anyone suffering with a habit, hurt or hang-up.”

Brown said those in the program struggle with a variety of personal issues ranging from sexual abuse, managing money, drug or alcohol abuse and forgiveness.

The program offers full confidentiality in small group sessions, allowing participants to feel safe among their peers, said Brown.

“It has changed lives and it has changed the lives of families,” said Brown as he recalled witnessing the transformation of people in the program.

Brown said the Jellico program has had great success with many people completing the process.

While the all-volunteer staff at Celebrate Recovery works with people on a daily basis, they are excited about the opportunity to raise awareness. The volunteers have handed out around 300 invitations to mayors, pastors of churches and many others.

While the Celebrate Recovery budget is very small, requiring only a place to set up and literature to hand out, it depends heavily on community support.

“It takes a lot of volunteers and a lot of dedication,” said Brown.

The breakfast will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. For more information contact Mike Johnson, leadership class participant at 907-8003.