The “Freedom House” open in Carroll for troubled vets


April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A celebration was held Saturday in Carroll, for the grand opening of the “Freedom House.” It’s a half-way house for veterans who’re suffering from alcoholism or post-traumatic stress. Randy Riesberg, an army veteran from Carroll, says the inspiration came from a conversation with a fellow veteran who went to Des Moines for help. “He was telling me one time on the phone, he says: ‘If we had a halfway house up there, I think I could get the hang of being sober,'” Riesberg says.

The new half-way house in Carroll is a place for recovering veterans to stay and heal, according to Riesberg. “As a veteran of the military, I couldn’t ever talk about what I had done, so these guys will be able to sit around the table and chat with each other on what’s bothering them,” Riesberg says. Up to eight men at a time will be able to stay at the Freedom House. No alcohol will be allowed. “And hopefully they will get clean and sober and stay clean and sober,” Riesberg says.

Riesberg will manage the house. A lawyer from Carroll still owns the property, but is donating its use as a halfway house. For more information, call Riesberg at 712-790-3481.

(Radio Iowa)