The Coffee County Recovery Court Foundation now has a bus.
The new van will help participants in the program attend classes, treatment and activities.
Mike Lewis, director of the foundation, purchased the bus last month. The funds were provided through a state grant.
“Transportation was a huge issue for participants in the program,” said Sheila Barrera, coordinator for Safe Baby Court, one of the programs under the foundation. Recovery Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and Family Treatment Court are also part of the foundation.
The lack of transportation “hurt the participants in their recovery,” said Barrera.
“They couldn’t start treatment – it put them behind,” she said.
Some of the members in the programs don’t have a driver’s license or a car, according to Barrera.
Now the new, 14-passenger Ford Transit will allow them to attend classes, activities, treatment and court.
“People who come to us and don’t have a car or a driver’s license can now start immediately,” Barrera said. “They are taken to visitations, IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), mental health, court.”
Ashley Casort is the driver of the van.
“She loves it,” Barrera said.
The new bus, as well as any resources provided by the recovery courts, are essential for the success of those who try to break the cycle of addiction, added Barrera.
“They sometimes feel that everything is against them … so it’s important for them to have people on their side,” Barrera said. “We hold them accountable and make them be responsible but not in a punitive way.”
The recovery court foundation assists individuals with the intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. The nonprofit aims to help offenders break the cycle of drug dependency and addiction.
Elena Cawley may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.