High on Hope, Parkersburg churches team up to help addicts

Tim Craft, founder of High on Hope, gives a presentation for the goals of a group effort between High on Hope Ministries, Reach United and local churches called “Project Community Transformation.” (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — A group effort between High on Hope Ministries, Reach United and local churches has formed to help the community. Their goal is to reach addicts of all forms, not just drug and alcohol users and connect them to Christ.

“We are not a church, but are able to connect people to local churches,” said Tim Craft, founder of High on Hope.

The collaborative movement has acquired a building located at 2501 Beverly St., Parkersburg where they host Bible studies and worships that focus on growing faith, overcoming trauma and other important lessons that can be taught through the bible.

“From this place we will also offer a treatment placement for anyone in need and interventions,” he said.

On Sunday evenings, they will offer worship and word; Mondays is addiction help; Tuesday is their women’s Bible study and addiction support; Thursday is addiction help and Friday is uprooting anger.

“We have been working to ‘Equip the City’ practically, but overcoming addiction needs more than a practical aspect, it needs a spiritual one as well,” said Craft.

“Equip the City” is a seminar Craft leads that helps any residents interested know how to respond when they meet an addict, from how you can help them to what outside resources are available to help.

The group hopes to have regular counseling available in April.

“Sometimes people just need to talk and have someone listen who is indifferent and we want to be able to offer that,” said Craft.

High on Hope and Reach United were previously holding worship events at City Park that attracted a lot of attention, but they have not met during the colder months.

“While this building is our main place, we would like to go out into the community again starting in April,” said Craft.

All their outreach is done by donations, and Craft expressed how grateful he was to the community for help so far.

“Since the pandemic began overdoses have been on a national rise, according to national reports and Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens,” said Craft.

Craft read the number of overdoses the county has responded to in the past few years, which show a continuous increase from 2018 at 263 overdoses to 2020 at 417 overdoses and so far for 2021 the number is 58 overdoses and 11 deaths.

“The pandemic has isolated many, and isolation isn’t good for recovery,” said Craft. “People are not meant to be alone, we need a community and here we can offer a community and connect those in need to other communities (churches or recovery agencies) of people.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com.


Ways You Can Help

* If you have people in your congregation connect them to these outreach resources.

* Help financially support these efforts to reach the lost.

* Pray as we go after these initiatives

* Get involved personally and partner with our ministry.

* Cash App: $TheReachUnited

* Paypal: paypal.me/highonhope


Some of the Needs

* Chairs

* Shure Mics

* Macbook

* On stage 7730 lighting stand

* Behringer X32 rack

* On stage speaker stands

* 2 Turbo sound Siena

* Chavet slimpar 64

* They are estimating $10,000 to build a mobile set up, allowing them to travel and reach other communities to provide help.


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