Blanchet Farm teaches wood skills to recovering addicts

Blanchet Farm teaches post-rehab wood skills

CARLTON, Ore. -- When Tim Barrett began the Blanchet House drug and alcohol treatment program, he never thought he'd finish as a teacher.

The Blanchet House of Hospitality, which serves thousands of free meals in downtown Portland, has a satellite drug and alcohol treatment program on a farm in Carlton. 

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"The Farm," as it's affectionately called, is a peaceful and serene place to begin the road to addiction recovery. Barrett found himself at their door looking for a chance to start down that road.

Barrett is now a model for others of what recovery can look like. Not only has he turned around his own life, but helps teach wood working to others as they begin looking for ways to transition out of the Blanchet Program.

The wood shop started as an inexpensive way to fix some of the maintenance issues around the farm. Barrett had a background in metal fabrication but figured he could try his hand at wood if it helped save a couple bucks. 

It's safe to say he fell in love. Barrett now produces everything from cutting boards to beautiful Adirondack chairs, and teaches others in the Blanchet program the skill of wood working as a viable way to earn a living when they are done on The Farm. 

Barrett's creations have become so popular, the Blanchet House has decided to open a pop up store for the holiday season. The store is located on Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street and will be open until the week before Christmas.They will be selling all of Barrett's wood creations from serving platters to flip benches. 


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