The History of Hebron Trust
Bill and Norma Gordon began the project which was to become Hebron House in 1987. They had a vision for sharing their family home with individuals struggling with addiction, believing that people would benefit from being part of a structured family environment. They forged links with the ‘Life for the World Trust’ a Christian foundation that supported local initiatives. ‘Life for the World’ provided funding for up to three people in rehabilitation. Wanting to expand on this work, Bill and Norma initially began looking for a rural home with a view to accommodating and providing rehabilitation for 10+ men. However, as they became aware of the lack of provision for women they turned their attention to providing a female only unit, acknowledging the specific needs of women who were struggling to be free of addictive lifestyles.
12 Stanley Avenue was purchased, it was named Hebron House, and in 1988 it became a care home registered with Norfolk County Council, able to take up to 5 women with addiction problems. They ran a therapeutic community with the structure of care and treatment programme being based on the 12 Steps. Number 10 Stanley Avenue came up for sale, so Bill and Norma were able to purchase this and expand the project into the new accommodation, taking in a further 3 women.
In 1993 the Hebron Trust came into being as the project took on charity status, and today the project is recognised all over the country as a high quality professional service providing for up to 10 women with serious drug and alcohol addictions. It prides itself on remaining true to the original ethos of providing specialised treatment in a ‘therapeutic family’ environment which allows women to change, grow and heal.
Hebron Trust Ethos
Our work at Hebron Trust is motivated by our Christian faith. We promote and encourage recovery through the 12 Steps, keeping Christian values at the heart of the programme. We believe that the vulnerable people with whom we work can change their lives given the opportunity to recover in a safe and supportive environment in which they experience unconditional positive regard. To this end we demonstrate and practice our core values through our relationships with one another.
The Trust is supported by several local churches and participation in their services is made available to residents.
We respect that some clients may not wish to involve themselves with the Christian faith and they are free to find their own ‘power greater than themselves’ and follow belief systems of their own.
Our Core Values
- Our Christian ethos
- The belief that people can change and be empowered to take responsibility for their own lives
- The uniqueness of each individual and their freedom to choose
- Our commitment to each person’s growth and spiritual journey
- The whole person, recognising the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dimension
- A safe community based on respect, trust, honesty, acceptance and accountability
- Relationships and the importance of families, teamwork, modelling and healthy boundaries
- Professional competence, appropriate training and the highest standards in service and practice