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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2013 12:57 pm

Freedom Hall, a Pike County ministry that serves those with drug and alcohol addictions, received some assistance this week in building a new women’s residential facility on Wakefield-Mound Road.

Brock Bell, and a group of 15 people from his company, Brotherhood Mutual in Fort Wayne, Indiana, arrived in Pike County on Wednesday and stayed until Saturday morning, putting up insulation and drywall in the facility, which remains under construction. The volunteers came from all over the country and were assisted in their work by male and female residents of Freedom Hall.

In the fall of 2012, ground was broken for the facility, which will enable Freedom Hall to serve up to 24 females at a time, whereas the ministry currently only has room for eight females. The new facility, which is called Tony’s House of Hope, is 4,000 square feet and will include living spaces, a kitchen, bedrooms, and a large meeting room.

Bell’s daughter, Tracy Bell, passed away in 2009 at 21 years old while on the waiting list for Freedom Hall. Brock Bell said that his daughter was a bright girl and was in college when her family realized that she had a drug problem.

“Our biggest regret is we were ignorant of this problem and didn’t know how to handle it ... didn’t know really what it meant, and by the time we realized what it was, she was so far into addiction that it was hard to deal with,” Bell said.

Various programs did not work for Tracy Bell, her father said, and then she found New Beginnings and was ready for treatment. Tracy Bell overdosed on heroin with only about a week left before getting into Freedom Hall.

Bell said that helping out at Freedom Hall has helped him to heal, saying that “the absence of meaning makes a tragedy so intolerable”.

“That’s when I realized that giving back was going to make the healing go a lot quicker,” he said.

“I’ve always told Brock ... he should or could have been furious at us when we didn’t get his daughter in in time, but, in turn, he took it and turned it around and said, ‘I’m going to help you to help save lives’,” said Angie Pelphrey, who along with her husband, Barry, is the founder of New Beginnings Outreach Ministries and Freedom Hall.

After Tracy Bell passed away in 2009, Freedom Hall stopped its waiting list from being longer than 60 days, Pelphrey said in 2012.

“It was to the point where it was three and four months long,” said Pelphrey. “After Tracy Bell died waiting to get in, I started referring people to other places because they just can’t live that long.”

Bell said his group has worked well together with the Freedom Hall residents.

“They just rose to the occasion,” Bell said. “We had 26 people in here (working) at one time.”

“They had the insulation up in 30 minutes in this whole building,” Pelphrey added.

The group from Brotherhood Mutual has helped provide the materials for the facility with a lot of help from their company and others.

Bell and a group of 30 co-workers made a trip to Freedom Hall in September 2012 and funded the remodeling of the men’s facility and even provided meals while the work was being completed. During that trip, a total of 72 people painted rooms, remodeled the showers, put in new sinks, and fixed toilets.

Bell said his group will be back to get the new women’s residence completed.

Send donations to help complete the new facility to 2266 Wakefield-Mound Road, Piketon, OH 45661, in care of Freedom Hall.

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