Bethel Village for Women and Children now has a new, much larger, place to call home.
The new facility is not quite completed yet.
Earlier plans called for the expansion of their original facility on Transmitter Road in Springfield, but they hit a Road Block when the City Commission refused to grant the development order.
April RuddBethel a Village Student said, "I was able to through my relationship with god to restore relationship with family and kids."
Now, thanks to a much larger facility, more women who are struggling with addiction or are homeless have a place to turn.
Director of the Women and Families Ministry, Cathy Byrd said, "It's an accomplishment of a long time goal of the Panama City Rescue Mission to get all of the women's services on a single campus where we can provide a quality of care that is nutruting and affirming and protected we are just very pleased."
After a lengthy legal battle the courts said Springfield City Commissions did not have to grant a development order for an expansion, so they started looking for another place.
And found what they call a god-send.
Byrd said, "With our Bethel Village challenges of the past he has given us everything we asked for and more and i always said it would come in his timing and his plan. One of our board members said we are pretty sure we heard god say expand this ministry nobody remembers say it had to be transmitter."
Pathway Ministries Board Member, Rev. Henry Hazard said, "Lord knows how to deal with things, when he closes a door he opens a window, this is our window and we are making it a door."
The facility, a former retirement home, will house not only women in the substance abuse recovery program, but will also house emergency overnight guests and homeless families in transition.
"It saves more lives. It is set up for success. Separation allows you to focus and get the help an support you need and the healing that you need," said Hazard.
The new facility is for women only.
Men will continue to find shelter and services at the Rescue Mission on Allen Avenue.
There is still a lot of work to do before the facility is complete.
If you are interested in volunteering, call Cathy Byrd at 914-0533.