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LifeRight Outreach to expand to Willmar

LifeRight Outreach of Alexandria will be expanding soon. A conditional use permit was recently approved in Willmar for the organization to expand their housing program to Willmar.

LifeRight Executive Director Mark Foss, a former Hancock resident, told the Willmar Planning Commission about their plan to purchase the former 32-room Infinia Nursing Home in Willmar. Through generous donations and a miracle price, the building is being purchased without debt. Foss said many renovations and upgrades are in the planning stages.

“Our goal is to run a first-class facility both inside and out and add value to the local community,” he said. “I believe we have accomplished this at our Alexandria location and plan to duplicate it in Willmar.”

LifeRight provides transitional housing for men who are recovering from alcohol dependency or chemical dependency and life issues. The program is committed to delivering strong Christian leadership, connecting residents with educational opportunities and community resources, and providing sober housing in a community setting.

The facility has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol and does not accept individuals with a sexual predatory backgroud.

Foss, a drug dealer and addict for more than 30 years, said he conquered his addictions in April 2002, and said his desire for drugs or alcohol never returned after he surrendered his life to Christ.

Foss went to prison in 2002, was released in the middle of 2004 and started the program in Alexandria in December 2007. LifeRight is a licensed group residential housing program. Jay Jenson, also a former drug addict, joined later as director of ministry.

By opening the Willmar program, Foss said Life Right can open one of its houses in Alexandria to women. Foss said approval of the permit was awesome.

He added that financial support from churches and businesses is unbelievable. LifeRight sets no time limit on clients’ participation because some take longer than others to get to where the program needs them to be.

Foss told the planning commission that he hoped to begin the program soon after the purchase agreement was signed in May.