NORTH FORSYTH — A long-term, faith-based residential ministry for women battling addictions and emotional wounding has taken the first step toward expanding its north Forsyth location.
Last week, Forsyth County’s planning board recommended approval of the expansion plan submitted by Abba House founder and executive director Jim Sharp.
Though the proposal still requires final approval from the county commission, Sharp described it as an “exciting time at Abba House.”
Plans call for temporary use of a 3,684-square-foot facility as a worship center and classroom, as well as construction of a nearly 25,000 square-foot permanent worship and housing facility on about 9.6 acres.
A construction timeline has not been established. Sharp said the organization is working to first secure the necessary funding, which he estimates will total between $3 million and $4 million.
There are currently 24 women and children living on the organization’s campus. The new facility, Sharp said, could house another 24.
“This would be one building with housing in it and a large meeting area, large dining room, computer training rooms,” he said. “It’s a wonderful facility and we’re just working on raising funds to be able to do that.”
It would allow for continuation of all the existing services, he said, only letting “us be able to do it on a much larger scale.”
Engineering and architectural designs have been paid for, according to Sharp. The next step is to draft a strategic plan to determine fundraising and a timeline.