Old article about Destiny Point, done over a year prior to opening the doors.
New women’s restoration home in need of funding – December 16, 2007
Destiny Point in Rudolph is a new women’s restoration center. Tom Loucks/Central Wisconsin Sunday
Posted December 16, 2007 New women’s restoration home in need of funding
By Debi Cleworth Central Wisconsin Sunday
RUDOLPH — Unless it receives thousands of dollars, a new women’s restoration home in Rudolph might stay as empty as it is today.
Destiny Point, which is on the grounds of St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 6957 Grotto Ave., will help women with eating disorders, sexual and physical abuse, self-harm, depression, emotional abuse and chemical dependency.
“We have not been able to help women until we receive the proper funding,” said Julie Worzella, executive director and founding partner of the home.
The home needs about $30,000, which is two months of funding, she said.
“We will start as soon as we have money or a minimum of five women,” Worzella said.
The six-month, residential program is geared to help up to 16 women at a time who might need more extensive support following other programs.
Several agencies in Wood, Portage and Clark counties have expressed an interest in the program.
“I certainly see a need for what (Julie’s) house will bring to our community,” said Patti Cahill, owner of Riverside Oxford, a men’s drug and alcohol recovery center in Stevens Point.
Jared Redfield, a Stevens Point attorney who also does jail ministry in Portage County, said these programs are valuable to the area.
“Among the women that I meet with during the Bible study, I find that inevitably there are serious drug and alcohol problems, and there are also issues involving children being away from their mom while their mom is incarcerated,” he said.
The cost for the first year is projected at $199,000, and Worzella hopes grants, individuals or organizations can provide ongoing funding. It would cost about $2,000 a month, per woman, she said, which costs less than 28-day programs or jail.
“Our goal is to provide this free-of-charge for these women,” Worzella said, “because a lot of these women couldn’t afford the help we would be giving them.”