RICHMOND, VA., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It is no secret that substance abuse is a common problem, but it is surprising to learn just how many American adults have struggled with it — and found victory. According to new research, however, one out of every ten grown-ups in the United States has, at some point, participated in a recovery program for substance abuse. That figure points to the prevalence of substance abuse, but also to its ultimate treatability. Indeed, Drugfree.org CEO Steve Pasierb says the study serves "as a reminder that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery can be a reality." As so many adults avail themselves of drug and alcohol treatment, a Virginia church, the Richmond Outreach Center, is seeking to provide leadership for Bible-based recovery programs.
In fact, the church was founded with the mission of offering services to those in need — including discipleship homes and recovery facilities for those in bondage to drugs and alcohol addiction. "One of the major heartbeats of Richmond Outreach Center has always been the discipleship homes," notes founding pastor Geronimo Aguilar. He also points out that, before the Richmond Outreach Center was even a church, he and his fellow pastors were opening their homes to individuals in need.
Now, the Richmond Outreach Center's ministries are more formalized, but no less driven by compassion. Pastor Aguilar notes that there are a variety of church-sponsored homes for men, women, and teens dealing with addiction, and seeking recovery.
The pastor is also adamant about noting that these recovery centers, while rooted in the church's Christian beliefs, are not just about Bible study. "The homes provide housing, food, transportation, medical services, access to accredited education, a fitness center, and private study time," notes Aguilar, "in addition to study in the Bible."
The Richmond Outreach Center was initially founded as a ministry for the poor, before ultimately becoming a congregation where weekly worship services are held. Its roots in urban ministry are still apparent, though, through its half-dozen discipleship houses. These ministries are made possible by the donations of church members as well as outside donors. Information on enrollment can be found at the church's website, or by contacting the main office.
The Richmond Outreach Center is an independent, non-denominational church located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Named by Outreach Magazine as the America's fastest-growing church, the organization boasts more than 170 ministries, including urban outreach, Bible studies, and more. Affectionately known as The Roc, Richmond Outreach Center was founded by Pastor Geronimo Aguilar in 2001, initially intended as a venue for helping the poor. The church has a weekly worship service on Saturday evenings, which receives an average of ten thousand worshipers, as well as a Thursday Bible study.
SOURCE Richmond Outreach Center