Christian County Residents Pushback on Men’s Drug Rehab Center Construction


CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo.–For 30 years, Cheryl and Thomas Moeglin have enjoyed sitting outside on their porch nestled away in the woods of Christian County.

 “We purchased this place in ’88 and there aren’t many places left with pieces of land like this,” says Moeglin.

Next year, their home, won’t feel like a haven.

“I do want to get a security system put in,” says Moeglin.

The couple shows me where a men’s drug rehab center will go up.

“There’s the location where it’s going to be built just right where the rubble is and kind of to the back where the trees are,” says Moeglin.

Just within walking distance from their home.

“As you can see, we’re pretty close,” says Moeglin.

The proximity is something that Cheryl says will cause her to have some sleepless nights.

 “I’m disabled, I have no way to defend myself so it’s going to make me very uneasy,” says Cheryl. 

In the event, one of the men suffering from a drug with drawl leaves the facility.

“I just think that things can happen,” says Moeglin.

“We’re being a part of the solution of addiction crisis that’s going on in our country right now,” says Paige Tucker of Synergy. 

Tucker says that conditions will be put in place at the center to put residents at ease.

“Limiting the people we’re serving to no more than ten, also working with the sheriff’s department on the background checks. We looked for a piece of property that offered the beauty of the Ozarks, but yet some privacy,” says Tucker. 

For now, the Moeglins will stay put.

“I don’t want to leave,” says Moeglin. 

But, home won’t feel like home.

“People aren’t going to be easy about just being outside, riding bikes, walking kids,” says Moeglin. 

Synergy director Paige Tucker says that construction will start on the rehab center when the ground thaws out and is expected to be operational by next year.

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