The Salvation Army broke ground Friday morning for their Transitional Sober Living Home to be built adjacent to their facility at 612 West College. The ceremony also included the presentation of $20,000 raised for the project by the Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic played last weekend.
Taking part in the groundbreaking were Roswell Corps Officers Lt. Amber West and Lt. Joe West, Division Secretary Maj. David Yardley, Roswell City Councilman Caleb Grant, golf tournament director Rick Spragins and major tournament sponsor Travis Hicks.
According to West, the four-bedroom residence will provide much needed support for Roswell area men who have completed the six-month Albuquerque drug and alcohol program, dramatically improving their chances of success.
“Men will be able to stay for up to a year,” said West. They will be required to have a job and attend weekly 12-step meetings, chapel services and mentoring along with random drug and alcohol testing. Based on the results of our transitional home in Phoenix this residence will more than quadruple our local success rate.”
The Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic is a 36-hole, PGA-sanctioned, pro-am tournament presented annually by the Roswell Rotary Club, Pecos Valley Rotary Club and Sunrise Rotary Club. During its 27-year history the tournament has raised well over $700,000 for charitable causes in Chaves County. The major sponsor of the event is Desert Sun Motors of Roswell.
SUGGESTED “BREAKING GROUND” CAPTION
Can you dig it? Breaking ground for The Salvation Army’s Transition Sober Living home are Travis Hicks of Desert Sun Motors, Rotarian Rick Spragins, Salvation Army Corps Officer Lt. Joe West, city councilman Caleb Grant, E.J. Martinez of the Rhodes Company and David Yardley, Salvation Army Divisional Secretary.
SUGGESTED “CHECK” CAPTION
Lt. Joe West receives a $20,000 check from Rotarians Rick Spragins and Karen Melton, proceeds from last weekend’s Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic