Living Free Ministries is ready to celebrate hope.
The addiction recovery ministry will share love, food, and fellowship with the community this Tuesday during its annual Night of Hope beginning at 6 p.m. at their building behind Magnolia Funeral Home on US Highway 72.
Founder and Executive Director Tommy Wilson said the evening is an annual chance to share their story with the community and raise awareness of their programs along with sharing a Thanksgiving meal with the community.
“Our mission is to give people hope,” he said.
This year’s Night of Hope will feature speaker Jared Hight, minister of Church of the Crossroads, and praise and worship led by the church’s worship team. The traditional Thanksgiving meal will follow at 7 p.m. The event and meal are free and open to everyone in the community.
“This is a time to gather and encourage and to remind the community what we do,” said Wilson.
As a ministry funded solely through the support of the community, Wilson said they are extremely grateful for the support they receive and want to encourage people to continue to support their work in changing lives.
Founded in 2004, Living Free provides ongoing support group sessions for those dealing with addiction and other issues. They also provide placement services to help individuals struggling with addiction get into appropriate treatment programs that can help turn their lives around. The ministry also operates the Freedom Center addiction recovery center for men which will celebrate its first anniversary this December.
Living Free Assistant Director and Freedom Center Director Wesley Jackson said what makes the ministry unique is the way it brings people together in a supportive environment where they are surrounded by people who understand their struggles and will love them unconditionally and share the love and hope found in Christ.
“It’s a safe place. It’s a place where you see the Lord working through hurting people. It’s hurting people helping hurting people,” he said.
Living Free’s efforts are supported by churches and individuals from all kinds of Christian churches and groups. Jackson said those boundaries disappear when it comes to helping others.
“In the middle of the struggle, people come together. In the middle of a crisis, we all just need help,” he said.
Andrew Bell, a recent graduate of the Freedom Center who is now working with Living Free said he’s never seen a program like it and the way it crosses all boundaries to make a difference.
“This is a place to help and to be helped,” he said.
Wilson said as they close out another year, the Night of Hope is a great chance to share the story of lives changed and show their thanks and gratitude.
Bell said he’s proof of the way lives can change when you’re surrounded by people you know are like you and have been through the same struggles.
“It’s a safe place,” he said.
The end of 2022 will be a busy time for Living Free.
In addition to this week’s Night of Hope, they will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Freedom Center in December with a public open house set for 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. In the first year over 30 men have come through the program.
They will also host their annual Crossroads Christmas community Christmas meal and celebration on Christmas Day at the Alcorn Central High School cafeteria. More details about this year’s meal will be announced soon.
Follow Living Free Ministries on Facebook or visit www.livingfreecorinth.com for more information on their programs and how to get involved.