Two nonprofit organizations planning to build drug addiction treatment facilities on former Edwin Shaw hospital land in Lakemore have hopeful ambitions that grew out of loss.

They see their centers as fulfilling needs not available locally — long-term treatment programs lasting as long as a year, aimed at helping people stay permanently sober.

The proposed treatment facilities were announced by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro in her State of the County speech Wednesday in downtown Akron. The county intends to donate 25 acres at the former hospital property to the groups.

The facilities will “fill gaps,” said Travis Bornstein, head of Teamsters Local 24. He and his wife, Shelly, co-founded Hope United to combat drug addiction following the heroin and fentanyl overdose death of their 23-year-old son, Tyler, in 2014. The Bornsteins are also part of the Summit County Opiate Task Force.

Hope United, formerly Breaking Barriers, is one of the two nonprofit groups looking to put up a treatment facility on the site.

Travis Bornstein said he has been working with Dan Gregory of Christ Community Chapel for more than a year on finding solutions to the opiate epidemic.

“One of the things that we’ve come up with is a campus-type setting that we believe can provide additional services, long-term treatment,” Bornstein said. “The current treatment in the county is 30, 60, 90 days. We don’t have long term treatment. Scientific research shows it takes at least a year for your brain to heal off opiates. So we’re proposing a year-long treatment facility. In addition to that is aftercare programs.”

Aftercare is important to help people in recovery from relapsing, he said.

“We can give people in recovery a real chance to be successful,” he said.

Hope United plans to create what it calls an all-access community center on the former hospital property that will be named “Tyler’s Redemption Place” in honor of the Bornsteins’ son.

Restore Addiction Recovery, meanwhile, intends to build a faith-based addiction treatment and recovery center initially for 50 to 75 men on the site. A longer term goal is to add programs for women and teens. Restore Addiction Recovery is associated with Hudson-based Christ Community Chapel.

The groups now intend to raise as much as $10 million to pay for the first phase of putting up the centers, Bornstein said.

So far, about $2 million has been raised — the bulk of which came through Teamsters donations following pledges at the union’s national convention last year.

The Teamsters donations allowed “out of the box” thinking on how to help with the opiate epidemic, Bornstein said.

“Let’s bring some real resources to the county, with a real chance. That means you’ve got to invest in people long term. We can’t continue to put Band-Aids on gusher wounds,” Bornstein said.

“Now that the county has announced a partnership with us, we’ll begin a capital campaign,” he said. “We’re going to really get out there.”

The campaign to raise the remainder of the needed funding may start before the end of the year, Bornstein said.

Ground may break on the treatment centers within two years, Bornstein said.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JimMackinnonABJ