The Foundation was established through the experiences of Arthur G. Williams who lost almost everything through his addiction to alcohol and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in May 1971. Arthur had heard the gospel a full 6 months before when his doctor explained that the root of his addiction problem was a spiritual lack that could only be filled through the power of a risen Saviour. He responded by trusting Christ and experienced the peace and forgiveness that only Jesus can give. Over the next several months he fell back into the old lifestyle until he found himself in the hospital at rock bottom. Here, God met him in a new way , filling him with the Holy Spirit and giving him power to overcome his sin. From this point Arthur’s life of service began. After leaving Cliff Bible college he worked as a lay evangelist with the Methodist Church in Ireland and in time went on to pastor a church in Glasgow until 1982. During his work in Glasgow the vision for an agency to help people with their addictions was formed and the Stauros Foundation was set up in 1980.
The Irish branch at the Haven has been operating since 1994 where residential care is provided within a Christian framework for men and women who have a dependence on drugs or alcohol. About 90% of all who pass through make a commitment to Christ and several of the residents have overcome their addiction and gone into full time Christian work. The drug problem in this country cannot be overstated as it hits every strata of society, every age and socio-economic group and is as prevalent in rural areas as urban. Thank God for the men and women of the Haven who not only have the necessary skills to deal with those who wish to kick the habit, but also know the power and mercy of God who can make everything new ! This is good news for all who are afflicted with this scourge and a work that did not exist within these shores 20 years ago is now by His grace quietly going about its business deep in the Tipperary countryside. If you would like to know more about the work of Stauros or support it, visit their website at http://www.stauros.com/haven_residential_care.htm