WILMINGTON – The Nest Recovery Homes invites area residents to an entertainment-filled open house to herald the opening of the Tanager House, a transitional residence for women in downtown Wilmington.
Food and live music will be offered at the event 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 along with a sneak peak of the transformation that has taken place at what was formerly Effie’s Place, a bed and breakfast inn at 157 N. South St. A special presentation will take place at 7 p.m.
New Housing Ohio (NHO) purchased the home earlier this year with the intent of transforming it into transitional housing for women. NHO is a southwestern Ohio-based non-profit developer, owner, and manager of specialized housing, which primarily serves the mentally ill, developmentally disabled, substance abusers, and homeless.
NHO has been operating in Clinton County for more than 20 years. NHO has since entered into a partnership with The Nest Recovery Homes to renovate, furnish and manage the home and its future residents.
The Nest is a faith-based non-profit organization created to provide a safe environment for at risk adults.
Allison Rambo is the executive director of The Nest Recovery Homes and Micah Steele is the director of The Marketplace, a division which employs individuals in recovery to landscape, refurbish, and rebuild not only The Tanager House but to work on outside projects as well. Angela Mitchell-Koster will be the resident manager.
The Tanager House is named after a bird, a variety of which is similar in color to that of the new housing. It is scheduled to open Wednesday, August 16, with a max capacity of nine women.
Clinton County Common Pleas Court Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck has been a strong advocate for the need for recovery housing in the area, particularly for women.
The Nest Recovery Homes’ employment opportunities are also important, the judge emphasizes, because some of the jobs are filled by those in recovery or participants in court programs such as his court’s drug court — The You Turn Recovery Docket.
Rambo says one of The Nest Recovery Homes’ goals is to be a good neighbor and encourages those with questions or interest in helping the effort to contact her at 513-507-7053 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.