Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Recovery program suffering a loss

McLouth-based group seeking new director

October 25, 2006

Sherry Alterman has led Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based program in McLouth, for almost three years.

The program's been a success, Alterman said.

But when Alterman moves in November to the Ozarks to be with her husband, there may not be anyone to take her place.

The Celebrate Recovery sessions have been held at McLouth's Church of the Nazarene, but Alterman said it's open to people from all denominations.

And it's not just for people who have addictions. The program helps people deal with bereavement, anger, divorce, fear and other situations, Alterman said.

"I'd like for someone with experience and dedication to pick up where the Lord wants them to pick up," Alterman said. "And that it would just grow and prosper and help and transform people's lives and homes and families."

The program uses eight recovery principals based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and twelve Christ-centered steps. In McLouth the group meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

There is no charge to participate.

"It takes eight months to go through the four phases," Alterman said.

As she prepares for her move to Missouri, Alterman is doing so with her thoughts on the program.

"I'm hoping that one of my people that are already involved in the program will take it over," Alterman said. "I don't want just anybody. I'm going to be pretty particular who I hand the reins over to."

She knows there's the possibility no one will succeed her, just yet.

"If none of them take over, I'm going to disband it, unfortunately," Alterman said. "Unless the right person comes along and proves to me they can do it by Nov. 10."

No wages accompany the responsibility.

"It is a huge commitment and you don't get paid," Alterman said with a fresh smile. "My payment is when I get to heaven."

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