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House of Hope to break ground

A ground-breaking ceremony is being held at the Campbell Valley House of Hope women’s facility in south Langley on April 30.

The new building, which includes a dining hall, kitchen, bedrooms classrooms and more, is moving forward and the Wagner Hills ministry will officially commemorate this event. Many local dignitaries will be in attendance, including MLA Mary Polak and Mayor Rick Green. The event will start at 1:30 p.m., with the official ceremony at 2 p.m., at the facility, located at 460 - 216 Street, Langley.

Wagner Hills is a ministry, establishing healing communities for people overcoming harmful addictions and life issues. Presently they operate two 45-acre residential working farms, one for 50 men and one for 14 women, both located in the Langley area.

Thirty years ago, Wes Wagner had a calling to help those who were caught up in an addictive lifestyle. To do this he invested in these individuals by giving his time and his land, a working farm in the north Aldergrove-Glen Valley area, so there would be a lasting impact in changing their lives and the community.

Helmut Boehm was brought on board and started working on the lower east side of Vancouver. From there he brought men back to Wagner Hills in order to help them gain freedom from the lifestyles they were living.

To date, thousands of men and women have passed through the facilities and Wagner Hills is in the midst of growing again.

"We are more than just helping people get clean and sober. We are helping to build lives," said a statement from Boehm and Wagner. "Unique in what we do and how we do it, individuals from across Canada attend our communities, with the majority coming from Western Canada."

Over 95 per cent of their leaders and staff are graduates of the program.

For information see their website: www.wagnerhills.com or call 604-856-9432.

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