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Luke House Works to Reopen Facility

The Luke House in Sullivan first opened its doors in 2007.
The Luke House in Sullivan first opened its doors in 2007.

"It was used to help addicts recover from their addiction as they transition back into society," David Scott, Luke House Board President said. 

After serving more than 150 recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, In September of last year the decision to close the facility was made.

"It was not something that we did on the spur of the moment. It was several meetings that we discussed it and tried to figure out different ways," Scott said. 

The house was built in the early 1900s has withstood the test of time. It was the constant wear and tear that was cause for concern.

"We've totally re-wired the house, put in some new furnaces, we're going to be re-doing the bathrooms, kitchen, and all the residents rooms," Scott said. 

A project too big for the organization to handle itself.

"The only income we have for the house is support from churches, individuals, or businesses," Scott said.

Several local congregations have expressed interest in helping with the renovations.

"We hope we can pitch in and take a bathroom or a bedroom and put in some sweat equity and some of our own finances," Rev.Paul McGlasson, pastor of First Presbyterian in Sullivan said. 

Its a cause the minister fully supports. 

"We believe in second chances, that's what Christianity and the gospel is all about and people deserve a second chance," McGlasson said. 

A fresh start that can't come soon enough.

"The house is very needed in this area," Scott said.

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