Aspell Recovery Center dedicates Kirkland House to women in rehab


Richard Barber was happy to see a lot of friends on Thursday afternoon.

They showed up at the Aspell Recovery Center in downtown Jackson to celebrate the grand opening of the new Kirkland House, which is the new facility on the Aspell campus designed to house women during their rehabilitation process.

But those friends meant more to Barber on Thursday than just being there for an event.

“So many of you are here, supporting us financially or in whatever way we need support, to make sure the people who walk through our doors every day get what they need to overcome their own problems and return. back to life with their families, ”Barber said. mentionned. “So on their behalf, I cannot thank you enough for what you have all done. “

The Kirkland House is named in honor of Carol and Alice Kirkland, who donated to make sure the plans for the house come to fruition.

“I got involved with Aspell and then I focused on other things for a while before my cousin Ron turned his head around here,” said Carl Kirkland. “And I’m so happy to see the work Richard and everyone here at Aspell do every day.”

One of the women who lives at Kirkland House, Emily, spoke about how being in the house and in Aspell helped change her life in a matter of months. She lost her boyfriend to an overdose in December, and she decided to get sober that day and returned to Aspell after already going through the program but relapsed.

In the six months since her return, Emily has said she had a stable job and her driver’s license for the first time in her life at 25. She has a better relationship with her young son and the rest of his family and has developed her relationship with God.

“And I couldn’t have done anything without the support and care I get here at Aspell Recovery Center,” Emily said. “I love you so much and thank you to everyone who helped me in any way.

“I don’t know where I would be right now without Aspell.”

Contact Brandon Shields at [email protected] or 731-425-9751. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at editorbrandon.


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