Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa Breaks Ground on New House

25 Apr 2018 Candice Morris
Volunteers work to clear the lot for construction of The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa’s new three-quarter home. Volunteers work to clear the lot for construction of The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa’s new three-quarter home. Jennifer Colvin

The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa is beginning construction on a new three-quarter house this spring. The three-quarter houses offer a sober living environment, which serves as a bridge from rehabilitation services to the working world.   

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new house, located at 3506 7th St., was held on February 27. Phoenix House Program Director Jennifer Colvin says they’re getting a great deal of much-needed help. 

“First United Methodist Church [of Tuscaloosa] is spearheading the building process,” said Colvin. “All of the building materials, paint, appliances, and furniture are either donated or purchased through the missions fund of First Methodist Church and St. Mark’s [Methodist Church].”  

This is the sixth house the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa has built for the Phoenix House, and FUMCT Director of Global Outreach Josh Davis says more plans for additional builds are in the works. 

“We have future plans to build two more three-quarter homes on a lot that has the oldest three-quarter home currently on site,” said Davis. “It was the first home that was purchased, not built, so it is approaching disrepair.”  

The Phoenix House began in the late-1960s, operating as a halfway house for men with alcohol dependence. It has since evolved to help both adult men and women. While at the Phoenix House, clients must work a job, attend twelve-step meetings, and remain drug and alcohol free.  

The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa strives to provide hope and encouragement to addicts who still suffer, helping them to become productive members of society again. The new three-quarter house will be named in honor of Ronnie Colvin, who served as executive director of the Phoenix House for 23 years. He retired in December of 2017.  

Construction of the new house is expected to take approximately three months. There are several volunteer opportunities available. Small groups are encouraged to sign up and make it a fun day of service and learning. Volunteer work days will be every Wednesday and Saturday, and slots are available for a variety of building tasks. No experience is necessary, and volunteers will be taught their tasks when they arrive. If you’re unable to volunteer but still want to help, donations are always accepted, both monetary and goods.  

For more information on volunteering and donating, visit fumct.org/serve.  

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