One80 Recovery Resources broke ground on its faith-based sober living facility for men on Thursday afternoon during a ceremony at 187 Roy Scott Parkway on land donated to the non-profit by Bailey’s Trucking in Frankfort’s industrial park.

According to its mission statement, One80 is “a faith-based sober living home established as a non-profit corporation having the mission to set people free from drug and alcohol addiction.” Plans to open the sober living home in Frankfort began in 2018.

Rich Reck, the chairman of the One80 board of directors, said that Thursday’s ceremony, which was attended by a number of local leaders from business, industry, non-profits, churches and local government, was the culmination of a lot of work.

“We really started this thing back in November of 2018,” Reck said. “The board, we were meeting twice a month, sometimes two to three hours at a time, and really trying to find a way to raise the funds to support this project. Today was a big step for us to get to the point where we know we have the funding, we have the design work done, we have our permitting, and we are ready to put a shovel in the ground. By October, we should be complete. It has been a great thing.”

Paul Frey, vice-chairman of One80 Recovery Resources, spoke to the crowd about the need of a rehabilitation program like One80 in Clinton County.

“The question I want to answer this morning is ‘Why One80 here?’ Well, there are a lot of reasons,” Fry said. “The latest numbers we have, in Indiana alone, there are over 66,000 people who need a bed now in a rehab such as this. And all the combined beds total in Indiana are around 2,000. Out of 92 counties in Indiana, 66 counties have zero options for rehab. Clinton County was one of those until now. And 65 percent of those rehabs are in two counties – Allen and Marion.

“I have a report here from the University of Kentucky,” he added. “In their study, they show that for every dollar invested in what they call a social model of rehab here, like One80 is, for every dollar invested in this, it saves the state $2.56. So, it is a good investment.”

Mayor Judy Sheets was among those present for the ceremonial ground-breaking.

“I am very excited about this,” Sheets said. “There has been a lot of community support. There has been a lot of work put into this. There have been a lot of different committees, a lot of different people. This was a vision. This was a dream, and it is coming true. And it is so needed in this city.”

The non-profit has received significant donations from a wide range of sources, including Clinton County and the City of Frankfort.

The Farmers Bank’s Board of Directors recently authorized a $75,000 challenge grant for ONE80 Recovery Resources. The challenge grant will match, dollar-for-dollar, new donations from donors who wish to make a contribution to ONE80 Recovery Resources between Nov. 10, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Donations to ONE80 Recovery Resources are tax-deductible. A special account has been set up at The Farmers Bank for this purpose. Checks may be deposited at any Farmers Bank location or mailed to The Farmers Bank at 9 E. Clinton St., Frankfort, IN 46041. All checks should specify ONE80 Recovery Resources on the memo line.

“In recent years, the opioid epidemic has created the need for projects like ONE80,” Fry said. “The project will be a 16-bed (60-bed future expansion) in-patient residential recovery facility for men seeking recovery from addictions.”