Marshall County Commissioners Discuss Proposed Program at Shady Rest Facility

Shady Rest Home

The Marshall County Commissioners discussed the Shady Rest Committee’s recommendation of allowing the addiction recovery program, David’s Courage, to be run out of the Shady Rest Home on Lincoln Highway in Plymouth.

Committee Chair and County Commissioner Kurt Garner explained that the committee approved a favorable recommendation for the program and if the commissioners did not decide to approve the program then the county would divest the property.

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The Proposed Program Submitted to the Shady Rest Advisory Committee

Gregg Erickson and Ted Hayden

During Wednesday night’s Shady Rest Committee public hearing, some background information was provided about the proposed program “David’s Courage” that Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson are seeking to implement at the county-owned building.

County Commissioner and Shady Rest Committee member Kurt Garner stated that initially, the committee received four proposals and they requested that Hayden and Erickson combine their plans since they had similar ideas.

Hayden presented the goal of the organization, “Our mission is to have a lasting change on the spiritual, emotional, physical and financial health of those who are struggling with addiction. We will provide a therapeutic community where a safe, consistent and caring environment creates an atmosphere that is conducive to change.” Continue reading

Shady Rest Committee to Take Public Input Under Advisement Before Making Any Recommendations to Commissioners

Shady Rest Home

Last night’s Shady Rest Committee public hearing was emotionally charged with various members of the community coming out to show support, ask questions and express concerns over Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson’s proposal to utilize the county building for an addiction recovery facility.

Those speaking in favor of the “David’s Courage” program taking occupancy of the Shady Rest Home included County Health officials, recovered addicts and family members personally impacted by addiction, as well as people who wanted to see the historic structure utilized to help the community. Continue reading

Shady Rest Home Committee to Hold Public Hearing Wednesday Night

Shady Rest Home

The Shady Rest Home Committee members are asking for public input Wednesday night concerning the possible use of the Shady Rest Home facility by a non-profit organization.

The committee is considering a proposal from Gregg Erickson and Ted Hayden that would provide a structured recovery program for drug or alcohol offenders recommended to the program by Marshall County Community Corrections. The program, called “David’s Choice”, would assist recovering addicts for six to nine months on getting a job, completing treatment, conducting community service, and obtaining other life and job skills.

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Funds Transfer Approved for Utilities at Shady Rest Home, County Facilities

Shady Rest Home

The Marshall County Council members were tasked with approving the transfer of funds to ensure payment of utilities at the Shady Rest Home and for other county facilities for the remainder of the year.

The county received the operation of the county home on Lincoln Highway in August when the Bowen Center decided to cease operations at the facility. The structure has been vacant since that time, but a nine-member Shady Rest Home committee is working to find a tenant to bring needed services to aid the residents of Marshall County.

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Shady Rest Committee has Unanswered Questions

Shady Rest Home

The Shady Rest Home Committee expressed concerns about a business plan and financial sustainability of a potential entity hoping to occupy the Shady Rest Home on Lincoln Highway in Plymouth.

The committee members on Tuesday afternoon were in agreement that the proposal given by Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson for an addiction recovery service at the Shady Rest Home is a program worthy of utilizing the space owned by the county, but whether or not they can be financially responsible is still a question.

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Shady Rest Committee to Meet Tuesday

Shady Rest Home

Marshall County Commissioner Kurt Garner reminded fellow Commissioners Kevin Overmyer and Mike Delp this week that the Shady Rest Committee will be meeting again on Tuesday to discuss a proposal for use of the county home on Lincoln Highway in Plymouth.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the committee heard a proposal from Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson who have teamed up to provide information on a proposed addiction recovery service at the Shady Rest Home. The Shady Rest Committee felt their offer of these services would greatly impact the community in the most effective way. Continue reading

Proposal Made to Shady Rest Committee on County Home Use

Shady Rest Home

The Shady Rest Committee heard a proposal from Ted Hayden and Gregg Erickson who have teamed up to provide information on a proposed addiction recovery service at the Shady Rest Home on Lincoln Highway in Plymouth. The Shady Rest Committee felt their offer of these services would greatly impact the community in the most effective way.

Hayden is currently working with the Prairie View Adult Services and sees a need with individuals seeking treatment from the grasp of addiction. He works with adolescent males and addiction issues. Erickson knows the need as his son previously dealt with a similar addiction. The pair wants to provide help to provide a therapeutic community and offer services to help get an addict a more positive way of life.

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