Men and women suffering from addiction have always had a need. Shepherd’s Way Christian Ministries has always had a vision. Our community has always been supportive… and God is always faithful.
Paul and Karon Rose founded Shepherd’s Way Christian Ministries in 2002 to rescue those who are trapped in their addiction. In spite of the efforts of many people the rate of alcohol and drug abuse in the Richmond area has continued to increase dramatically.
To meet the burgeoning need, the Roses and several dedicated volunteers opened a transitional house for men in 2002 and then opened The Victory House Transitional Residence for Women in 2008. These two facilities have been instrumental in helping men and women overcome their addictions and repair their lives through Christian based guidance and education. Since the inception of these facilities God has touched the lives of hundreds of men and women and restored a multitude of family units.
Soon after opening the Victory House for Women, it became clear that additional facilities were necessary to meet the growing needs of women suffering from addiction in our region. This was especially true for women that needed a long-term, in-house recovery program. It was at that time the board of Shepherd’s Way Christian Ministries and local congregations asked the community to prayerfully seek the Lord's direction in how to meet this growing need.
To make a long, and incredible, story short, God answered the prayers of our friends, families, and community and opened doors for us to open Cross Road Christian Recovery Center for Women. Our God is truly an “Awesome God!”
Shepherd’s Way Christian Ministries is now the proud recipient of a 6,500 square foot facility that sits on 8 beautiful acres. The facility currently cares for the needs of 14 women and includes offices, classrooms, recreation areas, laundry room and more. The potential is limitless! There is room to grow and unfortunately a need to grow. We receive phone calls everyday from women who are in need that we have to turn away because of limited space and funding.
In 2013 Tom and Wendy Canon came onboard to take the reigns of the ministry and the Shepherd's Way Transitional House for men closed to concentrate more resources on women. Paul and Karon Rose will stay on to teach and work where they are needed in the ministry with the Canon's as the head of the ministry.
We have been truly blessed! However,we can’t operate this ministry without the help of our community. We are grateful for the many hands that help to keep our center in operation, but our needs are ongoing, including funding, supplies, building and ground maintenance and volunteers.
For more information on how you can make a difference, contact Tom and Wendy Canon at 765-939-8000.