My name is Anthony Sims. Today I am the president of Hope Center alumni, a successful business owner, a father, a husband, and a product of Gods grace and Hope Center Ministries. 16 years ago I started down a path of destruction that would almost lead me to my death. I began using methamphetamine. I started as a casual user and quickly became a hard core addict and one of the biggest dealers in my area. I was addicted to the drug and the lifestyle, a lifestyle that wouldn't last long. After five years of selling and using I found myself cooking meth. My life style deteriorated along with my health. In April of 2011 I was arrested and charged with 6 class (A) felonies. The only hope I had was to make a real change, and to do that I knew I would need help. I arrived at the Waverly TN Hope Center on the 11th day of April. I am 6'1" and at the time I weighed 165lbs. I was skin and bones. The guys there took care of me and gave me everything I needed. When I finally came out of a 10yr drug induced fog I realized these people actually cared about me and whether or not I made it. I was taught about God and His mercy and grace. Most importantly I was taught how to maintain a relationship with God. Hope Center, through God, truly saved my life. Blessed doesn't even begin to describe the life I lead these days. Today I am a little over 4yrs clean and it amazes me how far God has brought me in such a short time. Today I am an overcomer through my testimony and the blood of the lamb!
My name is Carson Plant and today I am the Executive Director of HCM. My life has not always been a life with Hope. As a young married business owner, I had gotten caught up in living two separate lives. I went to work tried to be a family man – but my secret life was full of drugs, alcohol, and affairs. In December of 2006, it all caught up to me and I found myself behind bars, left with nothing - no business, no family and no self respect. The tole of drugs and alcohol had put me in full blown withdrawals. A Pastor came in to share the gospel with me and prayed with me to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. Unsure of what had just happened and of this God I had been told about, I went back to my jail cell and prayed “God if you are real, take this pain away”. And from that moment on, the pain was gone and I was filled with hope. On my release from jail, I had to enter a long term treatment center. In June of 2007, HCM opened, and I was the first resident. Going in to Hope Center as a new believer, HCM taught me how to live as a Christian man and gave me the tools to deal with my past. There were mentors that talked to me about God restoring my family, and I began to believe that God could bring us back together. One of the prayers that I prayed was that one day God would let me tuck my boys in at night. In November 2009, God restored my family and my wife and I were remarried. God has done abundantly more than I could have ever imagined – now I am a part of helping seeing other men and women find Hope.