A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Lighthouse Recovery Center for Women at the Salvation Army on Tuesday.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning phase of the Lighthouse Recovery Center Residential Treatment Center for Women — a joint project of the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority and the Salvation Army.
The center is also known as Guma’ Famalao’an Guam and is an expansion of the Salvation Army’s residential treatment services.
The Salvation Army of Guam will build the new facility for women near the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Recovery Center for Men.
Inland Builders Corporation has been selected as the contractor for this project.
The new facility will offer a structured program for women battling substance abuse.
It will accommodate 8-10 women for stays of between 4 to 9 months, depending on their needs, and allow visitation of mothers in recovery by their kids while under the program.
It will also offer outpatient services to those not needing transitional housing.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero attended the ceremony and gave her remarks.
Leon Guerrero says this ceremony has been a long time coming.
She stated that even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guam has been fighting for decades the growing tides of addiction.
The Governor pointed out that Guam Customs has seized over 100 pounds of methamphetamine within the last year.
She said that one of her biggest fears is that our island community will succumb to fentanyl.
“This is why we are actively working to establish a cargo screening facility to ensure all our ports of entry are protected,” Leon Guerrero said.
She added that the new facility will include a multi-purpose room and individual meeting rooms.
Leon Guerrero says the added space will allow for groups of women to receive services and participate in specialty classes.
“Too often, women leave treatment because they want to be with their children. To the mothers out there who need help, I want you to know that this center will afford you motherhood. Individual meeting rooms will afford you the opportunities to meet and interact as a family while still receiving the benefit of the treatment,” the governor said.