This week’s United Way agency is the New Life House. The New Life House is a sober living house for woman.
The house was brought into life two years ago by Suzy Hicks with the help of Ron Cross and Farrell Hatch.
Hicks had the idea because of personal experiences. Hicks had previously had chemical dependency and had no drug-free place to go to when she left a rehabilitation center.
Hicks wanted to help women in similar situations. The house has now helped 44 women in the community.
New Life House provides a safe and supportive environment for women transitioning back into society from drug addiction.
New Life House is a non-profit organization that runs solely on donations. The house can support six women at a time.
There is no limit to the amount of time a woman can live at the house as long as they are benefiting from living there and reaching goals.
Woman living in the house must maintain a job, be actively involved in their recovery as well as the recovery of their housemates and are subject to random drug testing.
What is New Life House? New Life House is a sober living house for women seriously seeking long term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Who does New Life House serve? The house serves adult women from a number of counties with the main focus on Bryan County.
What is New Life House’s goal in Bryan County? New Life House wants to help people become productive members of society.
How can Bryan County help New Life House? Hicks said the community can help by not judging the women living in the house and by realizing that everyone is worth saving.
“It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by it [addiction] in one way or another,” said Hicks.
New Life House is located at 1323 North 8th Avenue in Durant. New Life House can be reached by calling (580) 924-1305.