Hope for Women, which will be located in a home on 5th Avenue in Jasper, will serve as a 3-phase recovery center to help area women struggling with addiction.
The ministry is the brainchild of Tammy Hankins, a Jasper native and recovering drug addict, who said she has felt God directing her to come back to her hometown to make a difference.
“I believe God’s will is for me to come back home and help women in Walker County to recover from the horrors of addiction,” she said.
Hankins spent many of her adolescent years in and out of juvenile detention centers. Hankins was a high school dropout. She suffered through abusive relationships and battled drug and alcohol addiction for many years. Hankins said God’s grace and a 12-step program have helped her recover mentally, physically and spiritually. Hankins is a licensed practical nurse and will serve as executive director of Hope for Women.
Hope for Women’s 3-phase process includes taking women wanting recovery off the streets and providing them shelter, food and other life essentials, teaching those women how to live without alcohol or drugs by leaning on God’s will through a 12-step program and letting clients finally be “out on their own” to make a good life for themselves but also attend regular meetings and submit to drug screenings.
Hope for Women has established a board of directors to help Hankins with the ministry. Board members include Ed Wentz, Phillip Windham, Babs Carter, Emelil Humphries, Michele Lopez, Sandi Sudduth, Deidre Tatum and Ronny Waldrep.
The opening date for Hope for Women has not been announced, but the group is hosting an informational meeting about the ministry Monday, July 30 at 5 p.m. at the Matthews Lecture Hall inside the Harold Wade Math and Science Building on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College. Hankins will share her testimony and members of the board will speak during the meeting.
“This is a way for us to introduce the ministry to Walker County,” she said. “Everyone is invited. We are hoping for a big crowd.”