New rehab farm six months away

WORK is proceeding steadily on Sherwood Glen, the Coffs Coast’s new rehabilitation farm for women

The new location will be the counterpart of the Christian community drug and alcohol rehabilitation farm for men established 30 years ago by Jean-Pierre and Honi Reifler.

Establishing such a place of healing for women is a long-held dream for Mrs Reifler, who said yesterday they were now aiming to accept the first women at Sherwood Glen in 2011.

Work began towards acquiring land for the Glen in 1995.

Mrs Reifler said yesterday they had interviewed a couple who would be coming on staff in a helping capacity but were still waiting for the right ones to run it.

She said while much had been done, there was still a lot of finishing off to do, but they hoped to open in six or seven months with three complete cottages for women and their children and two staff cottages.

The nearest other women-only rehabs are at the Gold Coast and Clarence Town near Newcastle.

Mrs Reifler said the need for rehabilitation for women had never been greater, with young women catching up to young men in anti-social behaviour and mothers struggling to cope with the problems created by their daughters’ behaviour.

“If the mums go under, the whole family falls apart,” she said.

The Mobile Mission Maintenance team of volunteer tradesmen and women spent most of April working on Sherwood Glen buildings, focusing on painting, interior electrical lighting and plumbing, pouring concrete pads for solar batteries, creating a soundproof generator shed and making and hanging curtains.

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