Urban Ministries program reaches new heights at U.S. National Whitewater Center
Posted on 11 Dec 2009 by ashleykaufman
As a challenging year for non-profits draws to a close, the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) and Urban Ministries, a homeless assistance center in uptown Charlotte, recently partnered for a unique event.
On December 3, a group from the Urban Ministries arrived at the USNWC for an afternoon of activities on the high and low ropes courses. Individuals recovering from substance abuse (part of the Saber program), participated in exercises that encourage leadership and team development. Each Saber participant receives three months of intensive outpatient treatment followed by six months of aftercare including job training, meditation, anger management, yoga and housing.
On a beautiful day at the USNWC, the group quickly learned the importance of trusting each other on a blindfolded walk to the low ropes course. After maneuvering low ropes obstacles, they elevated their challenge to a dramatic tight rope walk. Starting from a 32 foot high platform, the entire group met their goal of walking across the tight rope, harnessed in safely but still taking a giant leap of faith.
The Saber program’s integrated approach to substance abuse recovery yields a 43% success rate after nine months, exceeding the national average of 20% for other substance programs. With experiences like the Whitecenter Center excursion to cultivate mind and body, the Sabre program offers people struggling with substance abuse a greater chance at healing.