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Celebrate Recovery offers faith-based support

From left Michelle Frey and husband Pastor Bill Frey of the Thrive Worship Center in Vienna manage the Celebrate Recovery program at the church. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

VIENNA — Pastor Bill Frey of the Thrive Worship Center in Vienna is promoting a faith-based recovery program at the church.

Celebrate Recovery meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and recently restarted meetings because of the pandemic restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

“Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based recovery program with a very broad focus: hurt, hang ups and habits,” Frey said.

Besides alcohol or drug problems, other addictions and co-dependencies include gambling, sex and eating disorders and depression, among others, he said.

“People think it’s just for alcohol or drug abuse,” Frey said. “It’s far more than that.”

Kelly Dawson of the Twice Blessed Clothing Unit at the Thrive Worship Center in Vienna is surrounded by the free clothing available from the church. The unit is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and has clothing for men and women of all ages and sizes. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

The Celebrate Recovery program started in 1991 at a church in California. It is now national in scope with about 10,000 meetings held across the country each week, according to Frey.

Last week’s program meeting at the Thrive Worship Center drew more than 50 people, Frey said. Many are from the recovery programs in the Parkersburg area where they had been under restrictions because of the pandemic, he said.

“This place was packed,” Frey said.

The Thrive Worship Center is the former Cornerstone Gospel Church at 3100 17th Ave. Frey runs Celebrate Recovery with his wife, Michelle.

He came to the area from California and was a worship leader at the New Hope Baptist Church where he also organized a recovery program.

Pastor Bill Frey of the Thrive Worship Center in Vienna. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

Celebrate Recovery has been in operation for more than five years the Thrive Worship Center.

To participate in the program, all someone has to do is attend a meeting, Frey said.

“Just show up,” he said.

Or people can call Frey at 949 981-9561 for more information about the meetings before attending, he said.

The church also operates the Twice Blessed Clothing Unit that is coordinated by Kelly Dawson.

The unit has clothing, shoes and some accessories for men and women of all ages and sizes. Some household items also are available, she said.

“We have something for everyone,” Dawson said.

Everything is free, she said. Many times people in recovery don’t have much clothing, Dawson said.

The unit is open from 10-1 p.m. Wednesdays, but other times are available by appointment by calling 304 482-5425, Dawson said. Donations also will be accepted, she said.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

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