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Samaritan Colony to break ground on women's center Jan. 10

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Samaritan Colony will break ground for its future women's facility on Jan. 10. Samaritan Colony will break ground for its future women's facility on Jan. 10. Rendering by David Stogner

ROCKINGHAM — Samaritan Colony will take the first action towards construction on its new women’s facility with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

The SECU Women’s Recovery Center will be a 13,000-square-foot, 14-bed facility on Samartin Colony’s 25-acre campus to help women struggling with substance use disorders and histories of trauma, according to a fact sheet.

Samaritan Colony expects to serve 136 women per year through its 28-day treatment program.

Construction, which is set to begin in the spring, is estimated to cost $3.4 million.

Plans for the new faciltiy were announced in early 2018.

“Because of the incredible generosity of our supporters … we have raised the necessary funds to cover the construction costs associated with the SECU Women’s Recovery Center,” the fact sheet reads. 

The State Employees Credit Union awarded Samaritan Colony a $40,000 Capacity Building grant in October of 2019 and a $1 million grant in September 2020.

Quality Oil and Gas also helped secure a $5,000 grant from Motiva in February of 2019.

Other supporters, according to the fact sheet, include Sandhills Center LME/MCO, The Cannon Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas, The James R. & Bronnie L. Braswell Trust, The Baxter Foundation, the state of North Carolina, and other private donors.

Samaritan Colony is now raising funds for Phase 2 of its Changing Lives Campaign, which will cover three years of operating expenses and create an endowment fund. That goal is $1.9 million.

“In addition to program participants and their families, the benefits to the communities served by Samaritan Colony are broad and far-reaching,” the fact sheet reads. “The Surgeon General reports that every dollar spent on substance use disorder treatment saves four dollars in healthcare costs and seven dollars in criminal justice costs.”

Samaritan Colony has been helping men with substance abuse issues since 1975.

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