Group seeks to help addicts develop trade skills

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - Members of a ministry outreach program hosted a neighborhood cookout Saturday afternoon to meet and greet withe the community.

Sharon United Methodist Church Pastor Chris Jenkins founded "Hope Restorations" in 2015.

The program aims to restore the lives of men who have struggled with addiction by offering them a job restoring old houses.

The group held a social event outside the house they are currently rebuilding in Kinston.

Jenkins says the property was donated by a local doctor. The men have fixed the roof, floorboards, and several windows. He believes this provides the men with trade skills and work experience while also improving neighborhoods.

"They're willing and eager to work, they're great guys, they've just got a past...and we've all have a past we'd like to forget and so we're trying to focus on who they're becoming instead of what's in their past and we need help getting that done," Jenkins said.

The program was able to get off the ground thanks to a grant from the Duke Endowment.