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Ice Cream Shop helps recovering addicts

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There's a new creamery in downtown Kennewick, and it's not just opening its doors for customers, but also a few doors for a group of men recovering from drugs and alcohol.

James Ortega is the owner of the new Sandstone Creamery. He's also a recovering addict and has been clean and sober for the past 18 months, which is why he decided to do something a little different when he opened up his new store.

Every Sunday men from the Teen Challenge Organization, which is a local men's outreach program, are scheduled to work at the ice cream shop. All of them have struggled with drug and alcohol addiction themselves.

James says he met them at church and realized by helping them get back on their feet, he has developed a newfound strength.  

"For me it's a blessing that cuts both ways," James said. "I feed them a meal and they feed my need to stay clean and sober."  

All of the proceeds from sales made every Sunday at the creamery will go toward the Teen Challenge Organization home where the men live.

"This teaches us to work in the community, to be productive and to do that being clean," Davis Margerison, recovering in the Teen Challenge home said. "It also gives us a sense of self worth."