An old saying goes that when God closes a door, He opens a window.
That could be said for Recovery Revolution, a support group for the families of drug addicted individuals, and Asa’s Place, a recovery facility for babies born dependent on opioids.
Pam Jenkins, founder and director of Recovery Revolution, said the board recently decided to dissolve the organization and donate the remainder of the non-profit’s funds, $29,000, to Asa’s Place.
“That money came from donations in honor of loved ones who have passed away, the county commissioners, county Department of Children and Youth, local churches, and the community as a whole, and I want them to know what happened to the money they generously donated,” she said.
Robin Adams, founder and director of Asa’s Place, said she plans to primarily use it for the non-profit’s most urgent need, the children’s advocacy center on Water Street, called the Shine Center.
“She was lacking almost exactly what Recovery Revolution gave her, and to me that is how God works,” said Jenkins. “He brings together people in their hour of need. She needed $40,000. She got $20,000 and she needed another $20,000 when I came to her. I felt from the very beginning that I was being led and I feel now He is saying it is OK to do this and I feel really good about it.”
Adams said getting the money was a surprise.
“I thought I was going to a meeting with her to offer to promote her group on my Facebook page, but it turns out she wanted to make sure I put the money to the best possible use, so the efforts continue to live beyond the organizations dissolution,” Adams said.
Jenkins said she was impressed with the facility.
“The real victims are the children who are born addicted, have lost parents or are in foster care because the parents are not capable of taking care of them, so they need a lot of help,” she added.
Jenkins said that she thought about what Cody and Gary would have wanted and Cody “really cared about and had a soft spot in his heart for children.”
“Five years ago there weren’t a lot of meetings and no one was talking (about addiction), and a lot of that has come about and now we need to think of the children that are involved,” she said.
“This is a one-on-one advocacy center for every child that passes through there, kind of like having a guardian angel and every child in crisis needs a guardian angel,” Jenkins said.
Adams said the purpose of Asa’s Place is “child serving and lifting them into the spotlight as their mom or family member is battling through recovery.”
Asa’s Place is an official non-profit, 501c3 state and federally registered.
“It began as a pediatric residential recovery center for infants born dependent on opiods like my son, Asa,” Adams said.
Adams said she adopted Asa when he was three and a half weeks old; he is now four.
He had trouble with breathing, sucking, sleeping and had an undeveloped nervous system and digestive tracts, according to Adams.
“They tend to outgrow some of the early developmental issues. They are often misdiagnosed with ADHD, medicated or placed on the spectrum,” Adams said.
Adams said she grew up in Tioga County and after graduating college, spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg.
Asa’s Place will be the first facility of its kind in Pennsylvania.
“When I started this journey, Asa’s place was my destination, but it grew to include two more programs, nationally accredited, the Tioga County Children’s Advocacy Center, and then Tioga County CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate.
“CAC deals with child abuse victims at the Shine Center. The CASA program deals with foster care children in the system. Both are a direct result of parents’ drug use and of course the mother’s drug use is the reason kids are born drug dependent,” Adams said.
Visit Asa’s Place on Facebook or call Adams at 570-948-1361.