25 years ago, Gary Woazniak came to Shar House – a substance abuse treatment center, as a client. Now, the former addict has an office if his own and a dream that he’s sharing with the city.
Gary has been a gardener, an entrepreneur, an investor as well as a substance abuser. He’s bringing together people from each other of those walks of life to improve Detroit and to give others addicts the kind of second chance he got.
Recovery Park is a nonprofit based in the city of the Detroit and we exist to create jobs for people with barriers to employment. In just a few weeks, construction will begin on this field near eastern market.
It’ll be one of two 30-acre indoor farms. Each will employ about 20 workers to start The goal is to help the city recover along the staff of. “People of mental health issues, people substance abuse recovery issues, people with literacy issues,” he said.
When the farm are fully operating, they’ll employ six people per acre. That means 180 jobs per farm and there’s more. In probably of August of September will be breaking ground on a hundred thousand square foot indoor Tilapia farm raising fish indoors.
“It’s an opportunity for me as a recovering addict to really give back not just to the recovery community but to the entire Detroit community,” he said.
“We’ve got to keep moving forward. We’ve been moving backwards too long”.
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