Renewal Detail Shop is a full service detail shop that is part of R12 Ministries, a non-profit organization fighting addiction in Vicksburg.
R12 Ministries is best known locally as Renewal House, which is actually just one pillar of the program that uses a faith-centered 12-step program to house and heal low-income men whose lives have been consumed by alcoholism and drug addiction. All of the earnings from the shop support the ministry and the important work that they do.
“R12 Recovery Ministries was founded in 2015 to open and operate the Renewal House, which opened August 2015, and then we opened [the] 3/4 way house in 2017, and our primary treatment facility in 2018,” Dr. Dan Edney said. Since then, over 100 men have completed the program.
The ministry, which is affiliated with First Baptist Church, charges participants modest fees to cover the overhead costs, but will never turn away folks that need help due to an inability to pay. Working at the detail shop is one way that participants can earn their keep as they recover and rebuild their lives.
During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the detail shop suffered. As time passed and the city began to re-open, business bounced back and the shop had one of their best months in recent memory this October.
“We’ve been blessed thus far without any cases of COVID-19,” Edney said. “But, we’ve had to reduce our census in order to isolate men if needed.”
Earlier this year, Michael Montgomery and Ryan Engals began working at the detail shop.
“Serving feels good and especially to do something great for the ministry. … I want to see it grow,” Montgomery said.
The detail shop is known for its great customer service, and it is easy to see that Montgomery and Engals both enjoy and take pride in their work.
“Relationships are worth more than money,” Engals said.
The shop recently gained contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Blackburn Motors, a great step in ensuring the continued success of the entire recovery program.
Anyone can fall victim to the devastating effects of addiction, and the road almost always ends in poverty. Helping to rebuild this underserved population truly changes lives as well as benefits the entire community.
If you are blessed to be in a position to be able to give back this holiday season, the men at Renewal House are accepting donations. True to the principals of the program, however, they are most grateful to be afforded the opportunity to earn their blessings.
“We are always in need of any food items, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and personal items like underwear, socks, and towels and hygiene products for men. We are always grateful for any and all support,” Edney said. “Of course, the Detail Shop supports our men and the ministry so becoming a regular customer helps a great deal.”
Renewal Detail Shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Kelley Branch contributed to this story.