Wednesday marked the grand re-opening of Volunteers of America’s The Center for Women and Children Center in Murray, UT.
Mayor Jackie Biskupski joined over ten community partners on stage ahead of the ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour.
The center’s goal is to help woman experiencing homelessness have a safe place to detoxify from drugs and alcohol. In an effort to keep families together, women are allowed to bring their children (up to age 10) with them.
Several women in attendance who have experienced tribulations of their own, couldn’t hold back celebratory cheers and admiration during the opening remarks.
As Utahans know, opioid abuse is one of the state’s biggest problems. Stories of the painful spiral of addiction, withdrawal and suicide are all too common. It’s important to see the human being and not just the addition, one of the guest speakers insisted.
Rachel, a former heroine addict, spoke about the life-changing help The Center for Women and Children offered her. Prior to calling the Center for help, Rachel was struggling with homelessness, in an abusive relationship, and had even lost custody of her two children.
As tears of joy rolled down her face, Rachel exclaimed, “Before I walked in those doors I was loss and broken. The only place that would take me was VOA’s center.”
The Mayor had a chance to speak with Rachel one-on-one after her speech and congratulate her on the incredible progress she’s made.
Rachel is now celebrating over six years of being sober. She is taking the knowledge and resources given to her during her darkest times to other women who are struggling with substance abuse.
“I never knew life could feel so good – And it all started after walking through those doors.”