LANCASTER, Ohio — Governor Mike Dewine toured a unique facility in Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon designed to help families who have been struggling with addiction. "The Pearl House" helps these families get a fresh start.
Dewine met face-to-face with some families. He learned their stories about how drugs impacted their lives and how they're fighting to stay sober.
The governor met with Jess Springer and his wife Alli. They credit their faith and "The Pearl House" for helping them stay sober. They've been in recovery for the last three years.
"I don't know where we'd be at if it wasn't for this place, " said Jess Springer.
The family has regained custody of their oldest daughter and now have a place to call home to raise their two children.
"What Pearl House has really provided for them is stability," said Governor Dewine.
The facility is based on your income. There's a head start program for the kids, counseling and treatment help and strict rules to follow to live at the Pearl House, such as getting random drug testing done.
"It saved our lives," said Springer. "I mean the stress you have already with that lifestyle, so to be able to go somewhere safe, this is a blessing."
The Governor says this is what he wants to see, programs in the state that are making a difference in the fight against the drug epidemic.
"One of the things we're talk to the state legislature and people of the state of Ohio is about our Recovery Ohio Plan. Part of that plan is if someone is addicted, where do they go first." said the Governor.