Jay Cupit, Director of The Other Side Ministry (TOS) in
Wilburn was the presenter at the July 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Heber
Springs. Mr. Cupit first thanked the
club for the recent special grant presented to The Other side last April. The
grant was used to put a new metal roof over one of the buildings on campus that
badly needed repair.
The Other Side, a faith based live-in drug and alcohol
rehabilitation program has had 31 graduates in the last year, and a total of 50
as they begin their third year of service. Mr. Cupit told of the great things
happening at TOS, telling of individual lives and families who have been
restored through participation in the program. He mentioned the most fulfilling
scene in the last year to him was the opportunity to see children celebrating
Christmas with their fathers, and due to the generosity of donors, those
fathers able to present gifts to their children, in some cases for the very
There are currently 40 residents at TOS, from 18 to 69 years
of age. Thirty of those men are in Phase 1, and 10 in Phase 2. Each of the
Phases is a 6-month live-in program, but while Phase 1 keeps the men on campus
to build their foundation and ensure success, Phase 2 allows residents the
opportunity to begin to incorporate back into society, by taking jobs off
campus and saving money toward their life after the program. The Other Side
Ministry uses Romans 5:1 as the basis of all they do: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Mr. Cupit said that these men have often sought
peace outside themselves through drugs, alcohol and other addictions, but the
program teaches that the only true peace will be found in Jesus Christ. And the
program is working. Currently they have a success rate of 81%, compared to
secular programs whose success rates average 12%.
The Other Side’s
residents also do community service work, which Mr. Cupit referred to as
“Kingdom work.” For the elderly, disabled, or others in need, they have built
wheelchair ramps, helped with yard work, roofing jobs and many other services.
It is integral to what they do, and allows residents to “give back” to
communities where they may have taken so much in the midst of their addictions.
Mr. Cupit said, “The mission field most missed is the one right in our own back
Future plans for
TOS include opening a thrift store in downtown Heber Springs to support the
program. They are also working with another group to secure a location for a
women’s program to complement the men’s program in Wilburn. Called “Daughters
of The Other Side,” or DOTS, this program will serve women who are also trying
to overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol.
concluded his presentation with remarks about the “astounding” level of support
they have received from the local community in their efforts. They survive
solely on donations and community support to the tune of approximately $14,000
per month and could not do the work they do without the support they have been
The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The Rotary Club of Heber Springs meets each Tuesday at noon on the ASU-Heber Springs Campus.