Wanted: New home for Destiny Point June 27, 2014
RUDOLPH – Kathy Kercher remembers feeling lost and hopeless, caught in seemingly never-ending issues of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I had a lot of things from my past I never had a chance to heal from,” said Kercher, 54, who has family in Wisconsin Rapids.
From the time she was 16, Kercher was in and out of hospitals and through a variety of therapies and medications; nothing worked.
Then she found Destiny Point, a women’s restorative home in Rudolph. She found success and now is an intern at the home.
Located in the former convent on the grounds of St. Philip Catholic Church, just a stone’s throw from the grotto, the residential, Christian-based home helps women ages 18 and older recover from a number of problems that include co-dependency; substance, sexual and physical abuse; eating disorders; post-abortion trauma; unplanned pregnancies and more.
But the path leading to the home will need to change. Due to needs of St. Philip’s, Destiny Point needs to find a new location.
St. Philip Catholic School, which closed in June 2008, has been used for other parish activities and needs. Built around 1919, the condition of the building is no longer suitable for church needs, and the convent will need to be utilized for some programs, said Kris Willfahrt, a member of the church building and grounds committee.
Parish members feel bad about having to ask Destiny Point to relocate by Oct. 1, Willfarht said.
“It’s desperately needed,” she said of the home. “It was perfect all along for them.
“But now (the church) needs have come to a point we have to downsize.”
Julie Worzella of Stevens Point is the founder and director of the home. She harbors no ill will toward the church and is grateful for the five years the home has been at the site. Because Destiny Point is Christian-based, no public funds are received; the home relies on fundraisers and donations to operate. The residents are referred to as students, “because they’re learning,” Worzella said.
Destiny Point recently held its first of several meetings to discuss options for a new location. The current home can house eight to 10 students, but Worzella could see a bigger home being utilized. Location options could be within the central Wisconsin area, Worzella said.
“There is a need,” Kercher said. “We’re having to forestall on accepting applications for these women, because of the circumstance, and it just brought to mind how before I came here and how I waited.”
Those couple of months seemed like an eternity, she said.
“During that time, how I nearly didn’t make it, and it felt like it was endless for me,” she said.
Ideally, Worzella would like an outlying location, away from distractions for students, but she is open to almost any option.
“It’s a very strict environment from the time they get up until the time they go to bed,” Worzella said.
The students spend time studying topics like boundaries, anger, personal rights and self acceptance, devotions and community service. Women are not turned away for their beliefs, but they know coming in the center is Christian-based. The program comes at no cost to the students, except for a $100 administration fee when they enter the program.
“Each girl has something different when they walk through these doors,” Worzella said. “It doesn’t matter what those outside issues are, we reach into what they are trying to hide.”
Since opening in October 2009, about 45 women have been through the doors. Not all are successful, but those who make it through are changed, Worzella said.
“They do things right because they want to do them,” she said, adding the changes are made to change their lives, not because they just want to avoid jail or other less desirable environments. As they heal, the issues “become a scar rather than an open wound,” Worzella said.
The center will hold several meetings, open to all interested parties, in hopes of coming up with a solution.
“You know what happens when the Lord senses you are too comfortable; it’s times for stretching,” Worzella said, with a smile crossing her face.
Kercher is hopeful solutions are on the horizon.
“My heart just goes out to those women who are waiting and are being told you have to wait,” she said. “It’s just heart-wrenching to know there is such a need and there there’s still women that have to wait for that.”
Deb Cleworth can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6730, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @DebCleworth.
• The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. July 7 at St. Philip Catholic Church, 6957 Grotto Ave., Rudolph. Call Destiny Point at 715-818-8391 or email email@example.com for more information.
• Learn more about Destiny Point at http://www.destinypoint.org.
Deb Cleworth did the very first article about Destiny Point Women’s Restoration Home over a year prior to it’s opening. The article stressed a plea for donations in order to open the doors. Press link to -See Article-