Harrison family’s passion, a recovery center, set to open

January 17, 2019

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

The Mid Michigan Recovery Center, a non-profit Christian facility for recovering drug and alcohol dependent men is nearly ready to open in Harrison.

All that’s left before it can open is getting their State license. “It’s a much needed facility in this area,” said owner Doug Kennedy.

MMRecover individual rooms

The facility has sleeping quarters for up to twenty clients with five two-man rooms and two more that can house five men each. They are shown opening into the huge meeting room. At the back is a weight room area and living room.

Mid Michigan Recovery Center will be a family business with Doug’s wife Donna and son Jeffrey involved in the center as well. It will be a State and privately paid non-profit facility, the only one like it in the area, and will be able to accept insurance after it is accredited.

“The first part is done now,” he added, “the renovation is nearly complete and we have permits for the mechanical, plumbing and electrical; all we are waiting for is our State license approval.”

Mid Michigan Recovery is located at 3821 North Grant, just south of the intersection with Cranberry Lake Road. It is located in the former Hayes Township Community Center.

Kennedy said he has been planning and working with his son Jeffrey on the new facility for the past two years. “I decided to open a rehab facility in October of

Mid Michigan Recovery Center is located just south of the Grant Road and Cranberry Lake intersection.

Mid Michigan Recovery Center is located just south of the Grant Road and Cranberry Lake intersection.

2016. It will be similar to the 10-16 recovery facility in Midland and also modeled after Harbor Hall in Petoskey.”

Then the work began. They found and purchased the building from Hayes Township. “Last year began remodeling, installing new electrical, plumbing, heating, remodeling the kitchen and installing new windows.”

Work has been ongoing on the building for the past year and a half and their goal is to open this year.

They have had help from area businesses with discounts for plumbing and electrical work, the church and from many people through donations of money, materials and equipment.

A Go Fund Me page is on Facebook under Mid Michigan Recovery Center and has helped with a lot of the expenses. They are now looking for funds for beds, flooring, computers and phones as well as other equipment.

Doug and Donna Kennedy are shown in the new dining area at Mid Michigan Recovery Center.

Doug and Donna Kennedy are shown in the new dining area at Mid Michigan Recovery Center.

Although the recovery center isn’t open yet, the facility has been in use for a weekly bible study group every Monday evening for seven months. “We have 59 members in the Men’s Bible Study group,” Kennedy said.

He said in the future he wants to use the building for Alcohol Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery meetings too.

The newly renovated building, first built in 1979, houses a kitchen, dining area, living room area, bath and shower rooms, weight equipment, a large central meeting area and sleeping quarters for up to twenty clients with five two-man rooms and two more that can house five men each.

A staff of 15 is planned including doctors, a nurse, counselors, spiritual advisors, guards, a psychiatrist Dr. Sunil Rangwani as the medical director, and a chef supervising the kitchen. Their pastor is Jerry Britton of Leota Church.

Counseling will be ongoing five days a week. “Our program will be a State licensed facility that is an alternative to prison or jail for our clients,” Kennedy said.
“We will also have recreation, a garden and therapy dogs and horses to teach our clients responsibility and how to take care of someone besides themselves.” He added, “Dogs and horses are wonderful therapy animals.”

Kennedy will provide the therapy dogs. For 28 years he has been breeding, selling and raising American bulldogs and has about 14 adults at the present time. He is also a judge and director with four different registries for the breed and wrote the standard for the BBCR (Bull Breeds Coalition Registry).

That’s just his hobby. With his son Jeffrey, he also owns Discount Windows and works full-time selling and installing them around the area.

Doug is shown here in front of the bathroom and shower facilities.

Doug is shown here in front of the bathroom and shower facilities.

Donna and Doug and their two sons Jeffrey and James moved to Clare County 25 years ago from Dearborn Heights. They now have four grandchildren.

They are already planning ahead. Future plans for the new recovery facility include transitional housing to allow clients to get back into society in a drug and alcohol free environment.

Doug explained why he is so committed to opening the new facility. “When I was younger, in the 1980s, I battled addiction and both of my sons have battled addiction and have been in rehab. That’s where I got the ideal to develop a rehab facility to help others and the community. A Christian based rehab facility was the best, and only way to accomplish this.”

“We are ready to open,” Kennedy said.

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