Imagine a place free from judgment that is focused on recovery from any issue in your life. Staffed with people who are loving, caring and passionate about helping you become a better you through a Christ centered atmosphere. Compassionate people who accept you as you are, cultivating, encouraging, empowering you along the journey by breaking chains that pull you down and helping you to Rise Up. This place does exist in Spring City, located at 660 W. Rhea Ave.
One man’s journey to recovery and one woman’s escape to freedom collided, creating a script for a Lifetime movie. Jim Downs and wife Marisol have incredible testimonies that led them here, to Rhea County. This new facilty, Rise Up Women’s Recovery Center, is just now undergoing remodeling; they haven’t even had the time to get the paint on the walls yet and already have six women in recovery. The center, which will hold 32 women, is already making a huge impact on the community and surrounding counties. Jim Downs and wife Marisol felt led to return to Spring City after Jim walked across the country all the way to Canada in 2017, and again in 2019 he peddled 5,120 miles stopping at every capital in every state to rally for free recovery centers across America. As he was on his journey, he walked through Spring City, met a family and they soon became friends. These friends would then open their home to Jim and his family when they came back to start the recovery center. They came with only $139 in their pocket and within two months had the money in cash to purchase the building.
The building is not completed and already has six ladies living in the facility recovering from their issues. Jim and Marisol decided to take them in immediately, rather than waiting for the remodel to be finished. This center is not just for Spring City residents or Rhea County residents. They have one lady from Hamilton County that could not be placed anywhere for the help she needed due to her age. Rise Up said, “Yes, we will take her.”
As of right now, Downs has established the Rise Up Women’s Recovery Center and Rockhouse Community Church with plans to open a men’s recovery center as well. Men are currently coming and getting the help they need, outside the women’s center, anytime until a place comes available to house men for recovery. Conversations are happening to include the non-English speaking community into all the programs. The ministry offers assistance in addiction education, relapse prevention, anger management, biblical discipleship, spiritual training, life skills, career enhancement and case management. Their goal is to offer men and women a way out of the prisons that encapsulate them from abuse, addiction, homelessness, hunger and much more.
To learn more, contact Rise Up Womens Recovery Center at 423-602-3861.