Father, son start faith-based transitional home in Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A new nonprofit in Lynchburg is helping men recover from addiction.

"Our Father's House" offers transitional housing for men recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. "What we do here is Bible studies, church, volunteering in the community," explained Zachary Hodge.

The home was founded by Jeff and Zachary Hodge - a father and son who know all too well the power of addiction. "It wasn't until I was facing sleeping in the woods that I said okay, 'I'm done and I need help,'" said Zachary.

Both Zachary and his father struggled with substance abuse. "To watch my own son go through the same battle later on, it just really hurt me. That's not the legacy I want to leave," explained Jeff Hodge.

So, the duo started a new legacy to help others like Rodney Blissett, who struggled with alcoholism, continue a road to recovery. "I mean the first day I come here I was out beating the street, walking, applying for jobs. I got quite a few offers and I started working like within a week," said Blissett.

Hodge says each man is given essential needs like a bed to sleep in, and food to eat.

After a month, and with a new job, they start paying rent.

Hodge says the home and the men they help is a calling. "Some days it's a grind, somedays it's a joy, but all days it's an obligation that's placed on my life and if I ran from it, I couldn't, it would call me back to it," he said.