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Ex-drug Addict Turn Deaconess Inaugurates Rehabilitation Center



A non-governmental organization, David Refuge Care Foundation, which aims at reorienting social deviants, drug addicts and cultists, has been inaugurated at Koko, Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State.

According to Park, “I underwent rehabilitation as a deviant about 10 years. I was once addicted to cocaine. I sold all my property in the process and consequently found myself under a bridge in Lagos until I got rehabilitated, and about the same time I, too, began to rehabilitate others.

Deaconess Julie Park (middle) and members of the Centre’s Board of Trustees. Photo: Vanguard

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“The rehabilitation will be in two stages. The first stage will last for six months when the inmates will be taught the word of God. We will use the word of God to replace what they were doing before they came into the centre.

“The second stage is the training stage when they will be taught the trade of their choices and graduate to become useful entrepreneurs,” she added.
A member of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Gbubemi Otumara, said, “The presence of David Refuge Care Foundation in Koko will facilitate general development in the area.

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“It is an indication that God has heard the prayers of the people of the area and I am persuaded that God will bless the CEO, trustees and the addicts, who will be receiving rehabilitation, counselling and training in the center” he added.

The center was officially opened by Pastor Buki Jinadu, project coordinator of Lagos-based Wellspring Rehabilitation Center, where Park, herself, was rehabilitated, over a decade ago.

Jinadu however, advised the villagers to fear, respect God and love their neighbours as themselves.

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