- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OXFORD, Maine (AP) - Neighbors of a proposed men’s home for recovering addicts in Oxford are expressing their reservations.

A faith-based organization called CityReach Oxford Hills is seeking permission from the town to renovate the former Assembly of God Church on Coldwater Brook Road to house up to eight recovering addicts.

Pastor Roland Laliberty, who’s organizing CityReach’s effort, tells the Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1Q8alRG ) he’s been going door-to-door trying to convince neighbors of the merits of the proposal. He says rather than a traditional facility where addicts are weaned off drugs through medication and therapy, CityReach wants to rely on faith and scripture.

Tom Wiles lives about 100 feet from the proposed facility and says he’s concerned about property values.

Neighbor Glenn Hodgdon says he fears addicts looking for things to steal to fuel their habits.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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