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Lebanon residents call for aid to halfway houses

Jake Old • Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Lebanon resident Sonny Warmath has helped get halfway houses started in the Lebanon area, two for men and one for women, and he also runs a support group for recovering addicts.

Because of various circumstances, many times the people who are coming out of prison, and going into a halfway house, have nothing more than the shirt on their back.

This is especially harsh when colder weather hits, according to Warmath’s daughter, Carly Warmath, who helps Sonny in his programs. Sonny and Carly are reaching out to the community to help provide support by donating items such as winter clothes, gloves, shoes, toiletries and food (both perishable and nonperishable).

“A lot of times, these people really have nothing,” Carly said. “They just want to have a job, be clean and try to have a normal life.”

Sonny Warmath’s faith helped him turn around a life of addiction, and he uses that to try to reach others who find themselves in dire straights.

Carly said her father was not involved in her life until after she was grown — when he got sober.

“I was actually starting to go down that same path he did, not even completely knowing it,” Carly said. “Pretty much, from the time I was 1 until I was 17, he wasn’t part of my life. It was when he started getting clean … it was all about God leading him away from that stuff and helping him. Now, he can be in my life, in my daughter’s life.”

The support group that Sonny leads is called Recovery in Christ, which meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Timberline Campground in the Clubhouse. Sonny also plans to start a church plant.

To donate any items, or to learn more about any of the needs, contact Carly at 615-600-6783. A Facebook event page has also been set up with some information, and it can be found at facebook.com/events/192279977894849. Financial contributions can also be made, and are tax-deductable through the nonprofit organization.

For more information, contact Sonny Warmath at 615-707-0305. 

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