Business feature: Trio planning rehab center

CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Mitch Woods, right, Ken Bartley, center and Becky Woods, left, are refurbishing a dilapidated apartment building that also was a bar for a rehabilitation center the three are proposing. The facility can house 40 people and will contain a detoxification r

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Mitch Woods knows first hand the havoc that alcohol and drug abuse brings to a family.

Alcoholism killed his parents, and it nearly claimed his life as well, he said.

His mother died at 45 — the age he is now — because she would rather drink than eat. And he was going down same path before he decided to change his life.

“I’ve lived it my whole life since I was 14. It was time to break the curse,” said Woods who’s been clean for about a year and a half.

Now Woods wants to help other people who want to leave the addicted life.

“What kind of man is a man that won’t do the best he can to make the world a better place?” he said.

Woods, his wife Becky, and their business partner Ken Bartley are refurbishing a derelict apartment building that also used to be a bar into a rehabilitation center with a detoxification room.

The three plan to accept clients this year. At present Bartley said the program is applying for tax-exempt status as a charitable entity.

Called Trinity Outreach Program, the center will offer a faith-based residential, co-ed, rehabilitation program located at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Seventh Street.

Bartley said the plan is to have 40 clients going through a nine-month program combining medical and spiritual rehabilitation techniques.

“We want to represent a broad spectrum of all recovery programs,” said Bartley who has worked in rehabilitation centers in California and New Mexico.

Aside from joining rehab programs, Woods has also worked with them as well.

“He’s been on both sides of the fence, he can guide us,” Bartley said.

The three started refurbishing the property in July using their own money. But that well is drying up and they are asking the community for donations.

“A lot depends on community help,” said Mitch.

While the irony of turning a bar into a rehabilitation center isn’t lost on Woods, he said helping people recover from addiction will keep him clean as well.