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Aspell Recovery Center hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Kirkland House

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - A local residential recovery house had a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently on their new home named the Kirkland House.

The Kirkland House is a newly constructed 12-bed dorm for women at the Aspell Recovery Center.

Aspell has been serving the area of west Tennessee since 1979.

This residential program is a continuum of care for those struggling with issues related to addiction and co-occurring disorders.

The opening of the Kirkland House at Aspell was made possible by members of the Kirkland family along with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

“Well, I got to talk to some of the girls here, one-on-one, and I could see that many of them could have been my daughter and I got a real feeling in my heart. We are all in Jackson pitching in to do this to make Jackson a better to be,” said Carl Kirkland, the founder of Kirkland Cancer Center.

The executive director at Aspell was delighted to be able to open the new home on the campus.

“I am excited! Aspell has been so fortunate, the support of people like the Kirkland's and other community members. They support us and we are grateful for that support. We have been able to quadruple the number of people we serve,” said Richard Barber, the Executive Director at Aspell Recovery Center.

The chief of operations at Aspell is grateful the center is able to provide an additional safe home to those working to make a change in their life.

“One of the best things about this and what Mr. Kirkland provided for is a safe place for women to stay at because most of the time when they got through treatment, they don’t have a safe environment to go back to. This gives them an opportunity to start a different way of life,” said Frankie Elliott, the Chief of Operations at the Aspell Recovery Center.

Some residents have already started living in and some are still moving into the Kirkland House.

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