Russell & Louise Boardman
Russell and Louise Boardman are the parents of three boys, now men. William’s Place is a program designed to help men just like their oldest son, William. This is part of their story:
Our William was joyfully adopted into our extended family at two days of age. A precocious and delightful toddler, he hit a brick wall in second grade, and we could not reach him. We left no stone unturned in seeking answers for him. Medicine helped his anxiety. A good pep talk could help his discouragement. Baseball helped, too. But we knew that we had a big problem on our hands and hearts.
William became an adolescent and started using alcohol and drugs, in effect self-medicating to feel normal. These 16 years of addiction were hard years, but we still had hope that someone, somewhere could help. William’s heart was responsive to the Lord Jesus, so Christ-centered places were very appealing. His anxiety and depression were stabilized when he was under a doctor’s care and taking his meds. So places that understood sound medical practices were necessary.
When he was finally ready to be free from his addictions, we looked for long-term residential treatment that incorporated both sound medical practices and a Christ-centered approach to healing. Time after time we were told, “This is not the place for William because we do not accept anyone on psychotropic drugs. We believe that Jesus will heal him.” Imagine hearing that yourself, in such a vulnerable state and believing two lies: 1. that Jesus must not be willing to work with you and 2. that you are in such bad shape that not even a Christ-centered place can handle you. And yet, that is the reality out there in many of the church sponsored recovery programs.
So, when told by William’s counselor that the place she wanted for William did not exist, our immediate response was that we would make it exist. We worked hard and formed William’s Place in December of 2016 and welcomed our first class of men in February 2019. William’s Place is a comprehensive, Christ-centered residential recovery program for men seeking life, hope and restoration. This program is changing lives and turning hearts to Jesus.
Nikki Moussette, LCMHC, LCAS
The vision for William’s Place began many years ago in my work as an inpatient therapist at a state facility specializing in the treatment of individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse. This dream of what men truly needed to live a life of recovery, integrating sound clinical care with an understanding of the grace found in the gospel in the context of the healing in real community, began to take shape and would not let go. That it transitioned from vision to reality is nothing short of a miracle centered on God’s relentless love for these men, his people. That I get to participate in this work of healing and redemption: pure joy.
Nikki practices as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in the state of North Carolina. In addition to her work as the Clinical Director at William’s Place, she is the Regional Director for Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of Asheville.
Nikki received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling with a dual emphasis in Addictions and Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Montreat College in Montreat, NC in 1998.
I have known that I wanted to help people for a long time, but I did not know what that looked like until recently. I've experienced the pain and consequences of addiction. I was hopeless and in a very dark place at one point, but I was able to come through it and have a happy life. Through my work at William's Place I have been able to show men who are in that dark place that it is possible to live a good life, experience hope, and love themselves and be loved by others.