Ensuring Early Recovery Turns Into Lasting Recovery.
JacobsWay provides recovery housing, resources, treatment, and education to men and women needing a safe and structured environment to change their lives.
Through our holistic approach to recovery, our focus is balanced across helping our residents heal mind, body, and spirit.
It's a whole-person approach that offers an individual the best chance at long-term recovery and complete restoration.
Our residents are required to find local employment in addition to their programming, 12-step meetings, and responsibilities in the home. Our intent is to ensure that we equip them with the tools to make healthy and non-self destructive choices when faced with challenges... and that these choices soon become the habits that form the foundation to long-term recovery success.
JacobsWay provides an opportunity for people who are in the early stages of recovery and are serious about sobriety to have a safe and structured home to live in as they work at realizing a life free from addiction.
Providing hope through supportive housing for individuals in recovery.
Continuing to be a valued and trusted communal partner by changing the narrative on recovery housing. Instilling hope, cultivating holistic transformation, and nurturing long-term recovery.
Matthew A Walls has over 20 years of worked & lived experience in the world of chemical dependency - substance abuse & Mental Health. Matthew serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Jacob Edward Walls Foundation (JacobsWay) which serves and restores those suffering from addiction, along with the mental health issues that stem from substance abuse. JacobsWay is ORH Certified and has been operating Recovery Housing for over 10+ years.
Matt is driven by the belief that humanity is better together, and authentic holistic communities help us better individually find the fundamental balance and rhythm to life. JacobsWay client and familial-focused beliefs help us provide safe, structured, and authentic living spaces, practices, and programs for our residents.
Matthew loves nature, eating great food, and is an avid outdoorsman. Matt has a strong and centered enlightenment belief system and recognizes the importance of spiritual healing as part of the holistic restoration offered in JacobsWay recovery homes.
Our Program Manager
Thomas Fuller has over 15 years of lived experience in the world of personal chemical dependency and substance abuse. Upon his release from prison in August of 2018, he moved into the Liberty House in Delaware, Ohio. After 3 years of managing a local restaurant, he decided to pursue a career in recovery and reentry. He obtained his Peer Support Specialist certification and Chemical Dependency Counselor’s Assistant certification soon thereafter. He got a job at JacobsWay in the summer of 2021 and quickly moved into a management position. His passion, drive, and expertise make him a valuable addition to the organization.
Jacob Edward Walls was born May 6, 1994, the youngest of four siblings and three step-siblings, though all were his brothers and sisters. Jake was a normal kid who grew into a normal teenager.
Jake loved to argue and debate and did not care much for school. He was easily distracted but soon found his calling in his love of cooking and developing his passion for photography. He took amazing scenic photographs as class projects.
He loved the Cleveland Browns and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
Jake was active in his church youth group and his friends will tell you how he was always there to listen and encourage, always quick with a hug for those who really needed one.
Most importantly, he was growing in his love for God. He expressed that he felt like the Lord wanted to use his life in some form of leadership.
On July 17, 2009, Jake was with his church youth group in the Hocking Hills of Ohio hiking a trail when he slipped while hiking and fell over 30 feet, losing his life.
Jake was only 15 and had his whole life ahead of him.
The night before his accident he shared his faith and testimony about his love for the Lord. He was doing what he wanted to do, with the friends he cared so much about. He was right where he felt he was needed the most.
The reason we have organized the Jacob Edward Walls Foundation and the Jacob Edward Walls Memorial Endowed scholarship at Mount Vernon Nazarene University is because God called Jake to be a leader.
Jake was not given the time to be the leader everyone knew he could have been. Yet this tragedy has shown us that God can illuminate a path that leads to something good as a result. This means Jake did become the leader He called him to be.
Jake had the following Bible passage underlined in his Bible.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
— Hebrews 11:1-2
May it bring you hope for what you are searching for in your life.