“We’ve just got blind faith,” said Tammy Hankins, founder of Hope for Women, LLC, at the event held at Bevill State Community College last week.
Hankins, a Jasper native, told the crowd of around 12 people about her own struggles with addiction and how she has been able to stay clean for nine years with God’s grace.
Hankins said she developed Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE), a recovery program in Birmingham that grew from one home to a complex with 13 apartment homes. The outreach program uses a faith-based 12-step approach. She said it includes a “out on their own” stage in which the addicts live independently but attend regular meetings and take drug screenings.
Hankins said HOPE has served more than 300 people struggling with addiction.
Despite the success of the program, Hankins said she felt compelled to start a ministry in Jasper.
With help from local church members and public officials, Hope For Women, LLC now has a home at 1708 Fifth Avenue in Jasper. Officials with the local outreach program are also finalizing the group’s registration as a 501(c)3.
The outreach program, however, is not yet in operation, and Hankins and the board members asked those at the meeting to consider donating to the program.
“We need your help,” read a letter given to attendants. “Monetary donations are most needed now as we work to update and renovate our home, furnish it with bare necessities and stock it with the needs for the ladies we will take in.”
For more information about Hope for Women, LLC or to donate, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call Hankins at 205-567-2607 or follow the group on Facebook.