Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based organization, provides free help for all “hurts, habits and hang-ups.”
Jackie Greene, who is a pastor for IUP and the program, said that although this organization started for recovery from drug addiction, it now provides help for any assortment of issues.
The program is held at 6 p.m. every Monday at the New Life Church at the Indiana Mall. It ties religious elements into its 12-step program. It also provides meals, one-hour church services and group work tailored for people’s issues.
Celebrate Recovery is meant to help with any problem, such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress and more. All these services are free, and donations are accepted but not mandatory.
Crystal Billings (graduate student, sociology) is one student who said she benefited from the program. She joined more than a year ago to cope with anxiety and depression.
Billings said one of the best parts of the program is the sense of community. She said she made a lot of friends because of Celebrate Recovery.
“No matter who you are,” Billings said, “you need to feel like you belong.”
Because of the community, Billings said she would absolutely recommend the program to anyone who needs assistance of any kind.