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Freed From Within to build community center, residence hall

Freed From Within to build community center, residence hall Freed From Within to build community center, residence hall

The Harrison County Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to Freed From Within to assist with its Campus on the Hill project. Freed From Within is a Harrison County nonprofit committed to lessen the negative impact of substance abuse.

The Foundation Board of Directors awarded a $175,000 grant to FFW at the HCCF’s October board meeting. The grant will provide partial funding for FFW’s planned community center, residence hall and classroom space.

Freed From Within operates a transitional program that takes a holistic approach to re-entry and recovery for men dealing with substance abuse issues. The organization offers educational programs, life skills classes, mentoring services and therapy to address the impact of substance addiction on individuals, families and the community. Since 2017, Freed From Within has helped 34 men successfully return to society.

John Roberts, director of Freed From Within, said the Campus on the Hill project will serve Harrison County in multiple ways.

“The first (benefit) will be directly to the men which come to live here and enter our program,” Roberts said. “These men, upon graduation, can re-enter the community as positive contributors, along with a restoration of their families. Secondly, the community center will allow the community of Harrison County to hold functions at little to no out-of-pocket expenses. This on-site exposure can lead to involvement in the Freed From Within program, helping to create a new social network for the men.

“Lastly, I believe this project can and will create a tangible community and family atmosphere,” he said. “This is critical in the battle for our community against addictions; we can only get better together.”

To date, the Harrison County Community Foundation has awarded nearly $100 million in grants, scholarships and other support to Harrison County nonprofits and residents.

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and policies, visit, or contact Anna Curts, grants manager, at 812-738-6668 or by email at [email protected].