Chad Pickel has a heart for those with substance abuse issues, says the Rev. Charlie Bridges, pastor of Grove Level Baptist Church.
"It's something he has struggled with before accepting Christ into his life," Bridges said. "Now, he wants to help people learn to love Christ and to live a life that is healthy, both physically and spiritually."
Bridges said Pickel is one of the driving forces behind A Place Called Hope.
"It's going to be a residential facility that will allow them to live there for 12 months, to be discipled to the things they need to do to get clean and stay clean, to provide them with contacts for work. I believe he said it can hold up to 10 men."
A Place Called Hope will be at a building on Bryant Street, where City of Refuge was once located and near Dalton's Greater Works.
"They recently got permission from zoning authorities, and they are now renovating the building," said Bridges. "As soon as the renovation is completed, they will begin to seek out the men they want to help."
For his efforts to minister to men with substance abuse issues, the Daily Citizen-News names Chad Pickel Citizen of the Week.