The owner of a recovery home for men in Georgetown is now planning a home for military combat veterans.
David Forman owned Visiting Angels for 11 years before selling that and launching Christian Grace LLC to assist people in recovery.
Forman has now purchased an abandoned cabin on Deer Forest Road in the Redden Forest area of Georgetown - with an eye toward opening a place that will welcome combat vets next spring.
“It needed land clearing and it needed upgrades in the house," said Forman. It was a rustic cabin. It had been abandoned and at auction for more than a year or maybe two and sitting with the bank. We have started the renovations. I’m trying to make it look really, really spectacular inside.”
Forman says when completed, the facility will have a huge kitchen and common area, seven bedrooms, at least four bathrooms and be handicapped accessible.
Forman says this house will try to address a different need other than persons in recovery.
“What I see here is - that there is a need for men who are either active or retired military, who come back to a world and family and friends who have not shared their experience in combat or seen combat," said Forman. "And we know that there are substance abuse problems, there is suicide and this is for people who may be able-bodied and who may want to spend time at a retreat (like setting).”
Forman says the home could serve as transitional housing for some and a permanent residence for others.
He notes many retired or active military men may prefer to live in a secluded setting that this property offers. They also plan to populate the farm with goats and horses, which Forman believes can have a therapeutic effect.
Forman notes that prices of lumber and other materials have skyrocketed in the past several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so he’s started a GoFundMePage to solicit donations to help him finish the project.
The house is set to open in Spring 2021.