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Pastors Steve Miller and Mike Osborn pose outside of The Father’s House at 516 13th St. in Logansport last spring. They’re part of a group that started the first substance abuse recovery home, the first in Cass County.

Logansport’s first recovery home took in its first resident Tuesday.

And The Father’s House, a sober living facility for men at 516 13th St., is set to take in two more men in the coming weeks, said Corey Emry, the house manager.

The facility is run by the Logansport Church of the Brethren and now has six beds, although there will be a seventh, including one for the manager.

Emry plans to stay overnight on Tuesdays, as well as be there daily outside his regular work.

Of the two men who are coming in, one was recently released from incarceration, but they needed to fine-tune the rules to allow prescription medications, Emry said.

The house allows no narcotics and does drug testing.

The other man will be released in a week.

Before Father’s Home began to be put together in spring, those from Cass County who wanted to be in a home like it had to go to Kokomo.

“Being the first recovery home for Logansport, it’s much needed,” said Emry. “For so long, the stigma was, ‘This is a choice.’”

Father’s House offers not just a place to live but also a place to learn how to live, and residents must attend church and participate in a 12-step Celebrate Recovery program.

The men must keep a job, and the program has structured and cognitive classes and shows the residents what works for others.

Emry himself is a recovering addict, clean for three years and aware of what it was like for 11 years without certain life skills and outlooks.

“I never knew there was another way to live,” he said.

The house is also more than giving classes and hoping they stick, he added.

Residents are more likely to listen to men like him who can relate.

“You’ve been in the struggle,” he said.

The cost for the house is $75 a week, but those fees can be waived until the resident gets a job.

Although Father’s House takes recommendations from courts and the county’s community corrections system, that’s not the only way men can get into the facility.

Emry said men can apply through Family Life Pastor Mike Osborn at the church, 2405 Shadowlawn Drive.

Potential residents have to get clean first.

“We’re not a detox center,” he said. “We are a sober living home.”

The church also hopes to open a house for women soon, but no date has been set.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

Twitter @JamesDWolfJr

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