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CLARKSVILLE — A faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for women plans to open its doors here in April, modeled after the Texas Dream Center for men in Deport.

“We are excited to expand our work with a women’s center, something we have been wanting to open for a long time,” Center Public Relations Director Chris Taylor said.

After a meeting earlier this week to introduce the center to Clarksville residents, Taylor said Dream Center officials were well received.

“Our goal was to connect with the community and address any concerns people might have and let them know what we do,” Taylor said.

Plans to open the center began in June last year when the Clarksville Church of God closed, and the Texas Church of God gave the facility located west of Clarksville on Highway 82 to the Texas Dream Center.

With funds from a Ram Foundation of Paris grant along with a sizeable anonymous private donation, the church has been retrofitted at a cost of about $75,000, Taylor said.

The center plans to open with five women and expand later to 12 or 15 residents when two portable buildings provided by Trinity Christian Academy in Paris are converted to living areas.

Just as the Rev. Ray Evers and his wife, Pat, have brought the Texas Dream Center to fruition, Taylor said he has no doubt the Lord will work through the Evers to make the Clarksville center successful as well.

“I am thrilled by the reception we received this week from the people of Clarksville,” women’s center director Pat Evers said.

“Many people came up after the meeting and said they would love to help any way they could,” she said. “We are certainly going to use them any way we can.”

Evers said the women’s program will follow the same curriculum as the men’s center with Bible classes, group and individual therapy, life skills and more.

“With God’s help and guidance, our goal is for women to become good, productive citizens,” Evers said. “With our motto, ‘Jesus is the hope for the future,’ we will start slow and watch God do bigger things.”

Enrollment and employment applications will be available in a couple of weeks on the Texas Dream Center website at dreamcentertexas.com.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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