Dare Challenge to open first Women’s Center

By on May 16, 2024

Residential recovery facility to be located in Wanchese

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Dare Challenge Executive Director Dustin Daniels signs the paperwork for the new property. (Photo courtesy of Dare Challenge)

Dare Challenge, the faith-based program working with those struggling with addiction, has acquired a property for their first-ever women’s facility, located on a small horse farm in the heart of Wanchese.

The Dare Challenge Women’s Center will accommodate six women at a time and will offer amenities similar to the existing Men’s Center, which is on a completely separate property. Additionally, the facility will feature a fully operational farm where women will be trained to care for farm animals, grow fruits and vegetables, lodge horses and possibly participate in horse therapy as part of the recovery program.

The “Christ-centered, residential discipleship program” has been serving men on the Outer Banks ages 18 and older who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or other self-abusive behaviors since the late 1990s when it opened under the leadership of Pastor David Daniels of the Ark Church in Nags Head. There are currently 15 male residents, but that number will grow as part of a planned expansion project.

“The community has always been behind Dare Challenge and been behind the Men’s Center. And we have a good reputation on the island for what we do and how we do it. But there’s always been a want and a desire here on the island for something to help women and this all came together and worked out and we’re moving forward with it,” says Dustin Daniels, Dare Challenge executive director.

The recovery program at the Women’s Center will be modeled after the recovery program at the Men’s Center, according to Daniels, with the obvious tweaks made accordingly to cater it toward women.

“But it will be basically 90% run like the men’s center,” says Daniels. “It feels great. Like I said, it’s been a community desire and want for a long time…and there is a huge need in the United States for women’s facilities. There’s not as many women’s centers as men’s, and most of them stay full and are hard to get into. And so we’re really looking forward to being an avenue for women to be able to tap into to get their lives together.”

The organization expects the Women’s Center project to be completed by Dec. 1 of this year, with a community grand opening on Jan. 1, 2025. According to Daniels, staff at Dare Challenge have been working behind the scenes for the past two years looking for a property for the facility.

“And the right property and the right situations just wouldn’t come together or happen,” he says. “The facility that we purchased, if I was to build a facility for women in a certain manner in a certain way, I would probably do it exactly the way this one is already done.”

The property was acquired using funds donated to the Dare Challenge from the Dare County Opioid Settlement Funds. And in the coming fiscal year, $20,000 from the settlement funds is earmarked for Dare Challenge. The goal is for the property to be completely self-sufficient in the first two years through multiple income streams such as horse lodging and a small catering business, as well as growing their own food on the property year-round.

“Basically, the Men’s Center [is] pretty much self-sufficient,” says Daniels. “And we’re going to be trying to accomplish that same thing with the Women’s Center. So we’re looking at several opportunities that we’re going to be trying out and seeing if they work so that we can basically fund and take care of ourselves throughout the year.”

The structure that will house the New Women’s Center. (Photo courtesy of Dare Challenge)

According to Daniels, the building does need some work, so Dare Challenge is partnering with people in the community to help paint and do light construction work to tweak the interior. In addition, they will have community gardeners come in to make the yard a beautiful garden-type setting.

The women won’t have their own thrift store but will partner with the men to take over operations on one of the six days of the week that the men run the Outer Banks Dare Challenge Thrift Store that is located at 500 S Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills.



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