Senate Budget Provides Assistance



Senator Chuck Edwards

June 22, 2021
Contact: Jessie Frank
(919) 733-5745

Senate Budget Provides Assistance to First Contact Ministries for Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

RALEIGH, N.C. - Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) announced today that weeks of budget work have now resulted in a plan that addresses the core needs of our state.
One provision he is announcing ahead of many others is a $1.5 million grant directed to First Contact Ministries to construct a substance abuse rehabilitation facility for Henderson County.
Senator Edwards said, "Drug and alcohol addiction has become an 'unspoken pandemic.' It tears at the fabric of our society, destroys the lives of those affected and those who surround them. For ten years, despite many obstacles, First Contact Ministries and their supporters have been giving their time, talent, and resources to save lives and help people get back on track. This grant will help them overcome one of their primary obstacles and amplify their vital service to our community. I'm proud to partner with Rep. Moffitt, Rep. Johnson, and the taxpayers of NC to help solve a problem that has incalculable human and monetary costs."
After learning about the grant, Craig Halford, Executive Director for First Contact, remarked,"Addressing substance abuse disorder is a difficult undertaking, and the obstacles we face every day are daunting. This award will allow First Contact's vision of providing a faith-based rehabilitation facility in Henderson County to now become a reality. It will literally save lives and give hope to those desperately seeking to break the bondage of addiction."
With the assistance of Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC, First Contact Ministries got its start as a weekly support group for family members, as well as a mentor group for individuals seeking recovery support. In time and as word of the much-needed assistance spread, the group has grown, along with their vision for expansion.