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Abba House close to expansion goal
Push to collect remaining $200K under way
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Excitement is building as Abba House officials get closer to reaching their $1.1 million fundraising goal.

The money will go toward a $2.65 million expansion to the current facility, which helps women overcome addiction and abuse.

“I think we’re getting very, very close to the point when we will have raised our part of the funds that we need to raise,” said Abba House Founder Jim Sharp. “It’s a fairly enormous undertaking for a fairly small ministry to undertake, but it’s going well and I’m hoping that it won’t be long before we’re able to break ground.”

Abba House is a 12-month program helping women with mental, emotional and substance abuse problems rehabilitate, earn their GEDs and go through work training programs.

The current facility houses up to 25 women and their children. The new facility will have the capacity for an additional 67 women and children once both phases of construction are complete.

The expansion will also include a multipurpose room, sanctuary, kitchen, cafeteria, classrooms, a library, exercise rooms and a center for children.

But before anything can be done, Sharp said the $1.1 million must be raised in order to receive a $1.55 million community facility loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We’re about $200,000 short,” said Sharp. “We’ve already had three extensions so far, but that’s fairly standard in this sort of thing … particularly with the economy the way it is.”

Since December, when the goal was $300,000, Sharp said the ministry has raised about $102,000.

When designs were completed about a decade ago, Sharp said he didn’t think the process would take this long.

“I guess when you have big dreams, you think, ‘Oh, in a year or two we’ll be able to do this,’” said Sharp. “It’s a little frustrating to have the economy kind of slow things down, but we just keep working toward the goal ... [of] a beautiful, wonderful, new facility for women with addiction and mental health issues to be able to come to and get help.”