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Anchorage moving forward with new executive director, Anchorfest fundraiser

Bob Lynch is now serving as the executive director of The Anchorage. He has been in the position since early June. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

Bob Lynch is now serving as the executive director of The Anchorage. He has been in the position since early June. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

LEESBURG — With four months under his belt as the executive director of The Anchorage, a faith-based substance abuse rehabilitation facility for men located in Lee County, Bob Lynch said he intends to keep many of the things the public and its clients have come to know about the center intact.

“My philosophy is if it is not broke, don’t fix it,” he said in a recent interview with The Albany Herald. “Everything is sound, and it’s a very strong program.”

Lynch, who is from Hamilton, was the executive director of a foster home in that area for 13 years until it merged with a larger church organization. He also did some mental health work for the state before coming to The Anchorage.

“I looked online and there was an advertisement from (The Anchorage) for its executive director position,” Lynch said. “I did three or four interviews, and I started here the first of June.”

While things were well taken care of from a financial standpoint prior to his arrival, he said there are a few things that can stand to be fine tuned.

“(As for our) initial goal, we have had church support for 60 years. We need to connect with those who support us,” he said. “We need to fine tune (what is spent and how it is spent) and (work on) consolidating duties.”

Lynch said there has recently been a 12-week course instituted at the center’s chapel to equip its clients with the transitional skills necessary to function outside the facility — and there has been general upkeep ongoing, such as the replacement of two air conditioning units.

“There are always ongoing projects,” he said.

Aside from maintenance, there are not any major projects anticipated for The Anchorage in the coming months, Lynch said.

In the meantime, the executive director said he has been working vigorously to stay connected to area churches — having visited 20 in the last month.

“It’s to connect with them, but not just (for financial support),” he said. “It’s to connect (clients) to churches. If they are connected to a church, their chances of transition are much higher.”

As part of helping to keep the mission of The Anchorage alive, the center is moving toward its next Anchorfest event currently set for 6 p.m. on Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church at 420 N. Westover Blvd. in Albany. It is set to include a mix of different types of Christian music from area talent.

There will also be a period during the event for the men in the program to give their testimonies about their experiences at The Anchorage.

“It is a night of celebration to show churches and the community what God has done in their lives through The Anchorage,” Lynch said.

Tickets are being sold for $10 a piece, and can be purchased either at the door or in advance by contacting The Anchorage at (229) 435-5692. The goal for the event is to raise $20,000, which will go toward overhead costs for the center as well as food and housing for the 54 men in the program, Lynch said.

“I wanted to be here because this is a ministry where you can change the future,” he said. … “The need dictates (why it is important to have this kind of facility). We have 40-50 people on our waiting list.”