- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)3
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
A structured transition for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics has proved to be effective in helping thousands of individuals to return to productive lives. That's the aim of Oxford House, a concept that has opened 1,200 such homes across the country since 1975. A study last year found that 86 percent of former members were still sober or off drugs after two years. That's an impressive rate of recovery.
An Oxford House served Cape Girardeau from 1990 to 2007. The need for such a facility, especially one for men, continued. With help from churches and community organizations, Amy and Steve Ledbetter re-established the Oxford House in May.
Residents are required to participate in recovery programs, pay rent, do chores and, eventually, contribute to a fund that is used to start another Oxford House. Currently in Missouri, there are 47 homes for men, 12 homes for women and one home for veterans, thanks to Oxford House.
As the community has learned recently about efforts to meet the needs of the homeless, churches and other organizations in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area have found ways to provide essential support and assistance. Oxford House is yet another example of the community's response when needs arise.