ELIDA — A new recovery house for women has opened its doors in Elida. Andrew’s House, located at 3635 W. State Road, is open offering women positive pathways to foster recovery and wholeness through Jesus Christ.
The house is named after Director Kelly Baeza’s youngest son Andrew, who died at 25 six years ago of an opiate overdose.
“It is named in memory of him, but I will say it is operated in honor of my other son, Cody, who has overcome addiction,” said Baeza.
The property is owned by Brice and Lydia Brenneman and has been in their family for many years. The house has served as a DD house and many other things. Lydia Brenneman met Baeza one day at The Meeting Place.
“She’s a chaplain at St. Rita’s,” Baeza said. “She got tearful and I said, ‘I’m sorry, have I offended you?’ She said, ‘No, we had a girl who was going to work with some human trafficking out here, working through Crime Victim Services, but all of the grant money was pulled.’”
Brenneman gave Baeza a key to the house and told her to take her husband and look at the place.
“Five weeks later we moved in,” Baeza said.
Baeza chose to serve women because she can relate to them.
“Here in Lima there is the Mission and the Y for men, there is the Restoration House for both, and Samaritan House for women. I was a recovery coach for three years and it was my experience that is was a little bit tougher to find housing for women,” she said.
Baeza’s own life serves as an example to those she is helping at Andrew’s House.
“I think part of the success of the recovery coach program now is I’ve been there, I’ve done that,” she said. “I’m a living example that recovery is possible. And it would be my desire that that would give you hope.”
Andrew’s House can house six women, but could squeeze eight to ten if need be. The house is built on faith and Baeza believes that God will sustain those who have no support system.
“Clinically you can get clean by means of Vivitrol or Suboxone. You can get counseling, which takes care of a lot of the emotional things,” she said. “I’m of the opinion that the spiritual element is necessary, as well. If you don’t have a good support team such as family or friends, God is always there for us.”
Lowe’s has adopted Andrew’s House as part of their hero project.
“They have been wonderful. They’ve re-done all of the flooring for us, donated appliances, re-did the bathroom downstairs and are providing all of the plants in the garden this Spring,” said Baeza. “Everyone has been wonderful.”
For those wishing to donate, checks can be made payable to Andrew’s House and mailed to P.O. Box 727, Lima, OH 45801.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.