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Couple requests zoning change for ‘Adult/Teen Challenge’

When the City of Brundidge Planning Commission meets Thursday, the members will consider a rezoning request for property on the corner of  South Main and Lee Street from R2, which allows for two residential dwellings, to R3 that permits multi-family units.

The rezoning request is being made by Bobby and Mary Jane Poe who have plans to locate an Adult/Teen Challenge facility for women in the home.

Adult/Teen Challenge is a Christ-centered, faith-based program that offers solutions for those struggling with life-controlling problems, such as alcohol and drug addictions so they can live hope-filled and purposeful lives, Bobby Poe said.

“The Adult/Teen Challenge facility that we hope to open has six bedrooms and can accommodate up to ten if placed two to a room,” Poe said. “This will not be a long-term residential facility. It will be a place where we can get teens and adult women off the streets. It will be a facility to address immediate needs.”

Poe said his wife sees the need for a facility like this and they both have a heart for teens and adult women who are struggling with addictions.

“Mary Jane and I want the community to be aware of what we hope to do by requesting the rezoning of the property,” Poe said. “We don’t want the residents to feel they are being blindsided. We’ve talked with several ministers in the city and with some residents. They also see the need and are supportive of the Adult/Teen Challenge facility.”

Poe said it his hope, and that of his wife, to reach out to families in need – families that are being torn apart by drug and alcohol addictions.

“We want to help this population and the Adult/Teen Challenge is a way we can do so,” he said.