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Andrews man to open alcohol recovery home

By Daniel Herda - dherda@h-ponline.com

An Andrews man is looking to bring an alcohol recovery home for men to Huntington County called Harmony Home.

The Harmony Home, which will be located at 751 E. Tipton Street, will provide a 12-step program and a safe place for men to acquire sobriety while learning to live a stable and successful life. The target date for opening this facility is in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. 

Currently, the Harmony Home is looking for businesses and individuals that would like to help see this much-needed service open and help those in our community.

Robert Knorr, Harmony Home owner, said he is a recovering alcoholic and has been over three years sober. He moved to Andrews about three years ago after his wife passed away. His parents live in Andrews and at the time of the move Knorr said life was very hard.

“I wasn’t doing very well, but I was able to get sober,” Knorr said.

After making several community connections, Knorr said he wanted to start a place for males in Huntington County who want to recover from alcohol addiction.

“I started my own meetings in Andrews and it just kept growing,” Knorr said. “Then it hit me one day. I know a guy who rents houses and I wanted to find a house to help people.”

Knorr, who currently manages Johnny’s Drive In, said the Harmony Home would be program and sponsor-based.

“It’s an actual program,” Knorr said. “They have to get a sponsor. They have to get a job. And the idea is to get them back on their feet and give them a normal life. Once you quit drinking you forget how to deal with life without a brain altering substance.”

According to a news release from the Harmony Home, alcoholism and addiction are issues that affect our community and need to be addressed. According to studies by the research firm WalletHub, Indiana is ranked 14th in the nation for substance abuse. Indiana also has the 17th highest drug overdose mortality rate per capita.

The Harmony Home would also be for those recovering from substance abuse—with Knorr saying his son has been affected by the increasing heroin problem that is taken the nation by storm.

“My son over-dosed and I had to do CPR on him while the ambulance was on its way,” Knorr said.

Knorr said he hopes to have the facility open by March. He added that with the help of his sister, who manages the money as the Home’s CFO, and dozens of people from the community, that the facility is approximately 30 percent from being a dream to a reality.

“If we can help families stay together and get people sober, then it’s all worth it,” Knorr said.

Those who would like to help the Harmony Home, can send donations to: Harmony Home, LLC, 751 E. Tipton Street, Huntington, IN 46750 or by PayPal at PayPal.me/HarmonyHomeLLC. For questions call (260) 355-9400 or by email at huntingtonharmonyhome@gmail.com.