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A Hand UP Ministry Purchases Woodhaven

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A Hand UP Ministry, a faith-based ministry for people who have recently left the prison system, and founded by Rex Mayo, has purchased Woodhaven Senior Living, according to their Facebook page.

Woodhaven Senior Living was shut down last month after its owner, Kent Womack, was arrested and charged with cruelty to people over age 65.

The ministry program lasts 12-18 months so transitional housing is a necessary part of the process. The former Woodhaven facility will be used as housing.

Currently, there is bed space for 10 men and four women who are involved with the ministry, spread among a main house at A Hand Up’s 100–acre campus located on Sand Mountain, and two rented houses in Trenton for both men and women.

Transitional cabins for men are in the process of being built at the A Hand UP campus, and Mayo hoped to have women’s cabins in the future. The cabins are being built with donations.

“We’re going to put in as many as the need arises,” Mayo said during an interview with the Sentinel in March 2021. “We need a place for them to go, a safe place, while we bring the support and resources around them.”

People who are a part of A Hand UP Ministry go through Freedom Celebrate Recovery, which is a Christ-centered 12-step program.

The Dade County Sentinel was unable to reach Mayo before press time.

For more information, visit, or follow them on Facebook, listed as A Hand UP.

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