Restore 6:34

Restore 6:34

Restore 6:34 is a new Christian program that helps formerly incarcerated women find shelter and escape addiction.

A fundraiser for the program is set for Oct. 3 at the Walker County Civic Center on U.S. Highway 27 in Rock Spring.

The goal of Restore 6:34 is to find a location to house formerly incarcerated women, in a Christ-centered environment, where they will learn life skills and discover how to live free from addiction.

Restore 6:34 was launched at Second Baptist Church in LaFayette.

According to organizer Donna Dean, the program began two years ago as a jail ministry.

Restore 6:34 gets its name from the New Testament verse Mark 6:34 about how Jesus' love and compassion for "sheep without a shepherd" needing to be taught about Christianity as he began to feed the 5,000.

Dean said a lot of these women who have left the prison system and struggle with drug addiction need a "shepherd" in their lives, so they can turn away from the shackles of addiction.

"It's open to anyone with an open mind of God's word," Dean said.

Dean said the hope is to establish God's word in these women, so they can live it out in their daily lives.

When the facility is located, the goal is to have these women battling addiction to commit to live 12-15 months in the program.

The Oct. 3 fundraiser is a means to this goal as Restore 6:34 hopes with enough community support, the housing location of these women can be achieved.

Dean hopes that churches will give their support to this cause because Second Baptist Church cannot oversee it 24/7.

If enough churches and residents in the area can help raise the money for the location, it will be unique in Walker County, Dean said.

The informative dinner and fundraiser is priced at $30 per seat. All the money collected will go towards finding a location for the women.

There will be a video testimony from a woman who battled drug addiction and was able, with the program's help, to overcome it.

Two other speakers will be on hand to speak that include Stephanie McGreevy, who is "Women of the Well" program director in Athens, Tenn., as well as musician and former Confederate Railroad's Chris McDaniel, who runs a prison ministry now as well as a part of Celebrate Recovery. He will discuss his battle with cocaine addiction.

The event starts at 6:34 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, but the deadline to purchase a seat is Sept. 27.

To learn more about the fundraiser, Restore 6:34 and to request seating, contact Dean at restore634@gmail.com.

Once the number of seats have been requested and the checks to attend the fundraiser are received, the tickets will be mailed to those attending the non-profit event.

Checks can be mailed to Northwest Georgia Baptist Association at 63 Pin Oak Drive, Rock Spring 30739.

For more information, call Dean at 706-705-9834.