Samaritan Colony held a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off the construction of a 14-bed residential treatment facility for women on their 25-acre campus in Rockingham.

The SECU Women’s Recovery Center will allow Samaritan Colony to expand its program services for substance use disorders to include underserved women seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and the effects of trauma.

Construction for the 3.4-million-dollar facility will begin this spring and constitutes Phase 1 of Samaritan Colony’s multi-year Changing Lives Campaign. Funding for the construction costs came from a variety of sources, including Sandhills Center, SECU Foundation, The Cannon Foundation, The James R. & Bronnie L. Braswell Trust, The Cole Foundation, The Community Foundation of Richmond County, The Baxter Foundation, Griffin Automotive Group, the state of North Carolina and other private donors.

Rendering of the SECU Women’s Recovery Center. Courtesy photo.

Samaritan Colony’s Changing Lives Campaign has entered into Phase 2 of their Capital Campaign, which entails raising another 1.9 million dollars to support three years of operating expenses and creating its first endowment fund.

Board Chairman of Samaritan Colony Clint Ray said the following during his opening remarks at the Jan. 10 event. “I would like to thank everyone who put their heart and soul into this project. The Samaritan Colony staff and volunteers and my fellow board members are incredibly dedicated to the organization’s success.”

Thad Ussery, Board Chairman of Sandhills Center, told the crowd in attendance, “Samaritan Colony has been a blessing to Richmond County. I know a lot of people that have been through here, and they have really been helped.”

Samaritan Colony Executive Director, Harold Pearson, had the following things to say, “the ceremony exceeded my expectations as I was looking for a low turnout due to the weather and COVID concerns. I am grateful for the local government officials in attendance, and I appreciate our outstanding Board of directors.

Since 1975, Samaritan Colony has provided residential drug and alcohol treatment for over 5000 men and aftercare counseling services for them and their families. Samaritan Colony’s programs include family counseling programs and Sunday spiritual services, which provide an integrated approach for individuals and their families, wherever they may be on their recovery journey. For more information, visit 

Feature photo: Officials with Samaritan Colony pose for a picture just before “breaking ground” for its new SECU Women’s Recovery Center. Courtesy photo.



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