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Penfield Christian Homes, Inc. — Heart Campus

1150 Bear Creek Road, Lavonia, Georgia, 30553
Penfield Christian Homes offers hope to women suffering from the disease of addiction. Our faith-based rehabilitation treatment facility believes that recovery is possible through spiritual renewal, and strives to help women reclaim their health, happiness, and inner peace. Treatment addresses the whole person, body, mind and spirit, by assisting clients to bring these areas into balance by cultivating a personal relationship with God that provides them with the ability to nurture relationships with family, friends, and others.

Facility Highlights

  • Counselors are professionally competent and are certified as Addiction Counselors by state, national certification boards
  • We are licensed by the State of Georgia as a Residential Intensive Drug Treatment Program.
  • We have a therapeutic community that encourages Christian discipleship, the development of recovery attitudes, and personal accountability.


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Donnie Plummer, CAC-I
    Donnie Plummer, CAC-IHeart Campus Director
    Donnie has been in the addiction and mental health field for the past 31 years. Since 2001, he has maintained certification as an Addiction Counselor. Donnie is trained in Anger Management, Behavior Modification, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Critical Debriefing, Domestic Violence Counseling, Family Counseling, and Substance Abuse Counseling for both adults and adolescents. Donnie has experience in recreational therapy as well as mental health and has attended numerous training and workshops during his career. Donnie also serves on the GACA Board of Directors where he is serving Region 4 for his third term.

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Penfield Christian Homes offers faith-based residential treatment to adults struggling with substance use disorder. The program at the Heart Campus provides treatment exclusively for adult women. Detox services are not offered on-site, and all clients must be medically cleared prior to admission. There is a similar facility for men in Union Point.


While treatment at the Heart Women’s campus is faith-based, evidence-based recovery methods and relapse prevention techniques are also utilized. The facility notes on its website that they “have developed a program that focuses on addiction as a lifestyle related health problem with biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions.” A personal faith in Jesus Christ is what the treatment center believes will allow their clients to achieve long-term sobriety.

The program lasts eight week and includes group and individual therapy, along with 12-step meetings, addiction education, regular Bible study and devotionals, and church services. In addition, every individual is assigned specific on-campus duties designed to help them forge a new path to responsible behavior.

Recreational and team sport activities are also incorporated into the program. A family education day is offered for loved ones.


The treatment team includes certified alcohol and drug counselors. The facility’s website also stresses their dedication to faith-based recovery, noting: “While counselors are thoroughly trained in the process of individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling and family education, they recognize that the ultimate guidance for the counseling process is the Holy Spirit.”


Residents are housed in two 3,500 square-foot dormitories that are set on 34 acres of lush countryside. Visitation is allowed on weekends after a client has been in treatment for more than 14 days.


Of the 32 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, 29 gave Penfield's Heart Campus highly positive reviews. Praise was given to the rehab for its faith-based approach, its compassionate staff, and its supportive environment. Eight former clients credited the facility with saving their lives, including Megan who added: "Each and every person person involved in my recovery treated me with such love and care... I highly recommend this program to anyone struggling with addiction."


Of the five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, two gave Penfield's Heart Campus positive reviews, two gave the rehab negative reviews, and one offered the facility neutral feedback. Both negative reviewers criticized the facility
for being too focused on money, while the two satisfied respondents reported that their loved ones thrived in the program.


The one staffer surveyed by Rehabs.com to date, who participated anonymously, gave the Heart Campus a positive review, praising the program for its strong sense of community and it's non-pushy and effective faith-based practices. "I worked at Heart for 7 years and know first hand how many women recovered. Great percentage," she wrote.


According to the facility's website, Penfield is self-pay only and does not accept insurance. The 20 former clients polled by Rehabs.com about Penfield's affordability gave it an average rating of 4.3 out of five stars.

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