The vision for Come Up Higher was given to owner, Joanne Urbany, on a beach in southern New Jersey in 1999. There she felt the Lord show her that those trapped in the world of addiction need to “Come Up Higher.” Joanne was then a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and established the bookstore in Audubon to support herself and her daughter, Joanna, while providing material about addiction at low cost. In 2007, she felt led to sell the business. The following years were spent in further ministry to helping those in addiction, and in acquiring her Master’s Degree and licensure in Addictions Counseling. In January of 2012, Joanne and her daughter, Joanna, both felt the call to come to Akron, Ohio. Without clear reason as to why, but with their beloved store in mind, they sold their house, quit their well-paying jobs, packed up, and headed west. God continued to open doors and it quickly became clear that Come Up Higher Christian Gifts and Books was going to be resurrected! In time, and at God’s direction, they hope to also establish a ministry where those who cannot afford addictions counseling can receive help without cost. Your support of Come Up Higher is most appreciated. Joanne and Joanna are already overwhelmed with the Faithfulness of their Savior!
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…”(Luke 4:18)