Martin Addiction Recovery Center undergoes its own transformation

By Marj Frew

Martin Addiction Recovery Center, or MARC, is a 501 C-3 non-profit, helping to restore balance to individuals and families by challenging the chemical and addictive behaviors they are experiencing, so they may lead happy, hopeful lives, becoming part of a healthy community while raising healthy families. MARC has gone through its own transformation over the past few months, as it has moved to a different location.

With their former building on Main Street becoming beyond repair, MARC Director and Certified Addition Counselor Tracee Livermont, and Administrative Assistant Paula Livermont began their search for another building to become home. 

After many considerations, and a limited budget, the perfect location came in the form of an offer from Jay Yohner. Jay was willing to sell his building on the west side of Main Street, and offered it for sale to the organization.

Seeing past the current condition of the building, and concentrating on their vision of what could be, the ladies settled in to a major overhaul project. The building required structural changes in walls within the interior of the lower level.

The main structure of the building provided everything MARC needed: private office spaces, a welcoming front office, a meeting area, and all the little extra perks to make the building home.

With the help of many volunteers, reusing salvaged items, and a lot of elbow grease, the location slowly transformed into the beautiful building it is today.

Located at 310 Main Street, MARC works under the 501 C-3 of Morning Star Ministries, Inc. Outreach services are also proved by another employee of MARC, Morris Brewer Sr., who is also a Certified Addition Counselor.

Opening the front door, you are greeted at the front desk by Paula, with the interior being decorated in rich warm brown hues, and recycled corrugated tin. 

Local contractor Ernie Libby put his carpentry skills to work creating a custom desk area for Paula from second-hand countertop pieces, complete with a side table for a small refrigerator and coffee station. A U.S. flag hangs behind her desk, and appears to be blowing in the wind.

Tracee’s office area is also at the front of the building, and features a privacy screen on the window which still allows the warm sunshine to come through.

At the back of the building a meeting area has a separate entrance, and will feature a special memorial tribute to Sherry Peck, who was instrumental in the work of MARC for many years. 

This room is used for group meetings and talk of opening the room up for other small community gatherings may be on the horizon as well, according to Tracee.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Along with housing MARC, the upper level of the building is also a work in progress, currently being utilized as a Vintage Christmas display by Joan Risse and other members of her family and friends. 

The entire building has a warm, welcoming glow, as if even the building itself appreciates the makeover and tender loving care put in by the crew. You are welcome to stop by to say hello, have a cup of coffee, and take a tour. A Grand Opening will be held in the near future.

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