Thank You Lutz Foundation!

Battered But Not Broken sends sincere thanks to The Lutz Foundation for making the wishes of another home to be “birthed.” Because of their generous donation, BBNB will soon have a “Phase II” to its already successful housing program.  Battered But Not Broken (BBNB) houses women who have been previously incarcerated, homeless female veterans, and those without a safe warm place to stay.  This Phase II home is located on Center Street in Chester and is one of four housing units to assist groups of women served by BBNB.  Because this house was a challenge at the beginning, keep your eyes peeled as the “House of Ruth” becomes a beautiful butterfly.  Two women from the House of Magdalene will be considered as they prepare for living independently in the House of Ruth.

Margie Hullett pictured in the House of Ruth.

1st Annual Spring Banquet — June 27, 2020

Support us by attending the 1st Annual Spring Banquet. This year’s banquet will feature speakers Shannon Gregory and Anna Pierce who will speak to the theme “Each one, Teach one.

For more information:  Conatct LeTanya “Tammy” Williams: 803-385-2290

When: Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 5-8pm

Where: Kershaw Second Baptist Church, 7737 Kershaw Camden Hwy – Kershaw, SC

Tickets: $25

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Featured Story in the Lancaster News

Thanks to Reece Murphy for this 4 part series on addiction and for Highlighting the Work of Battered but Not Broken. This article was published in 2017. To read the full article, you can go here:

Here is an excerpt:

“Le Tanya Williams’ 50 years of life splits into three discrete segments.  
She was 20 years old the first time she shot heroin. She was addicted to it for 20 years. Now she’s been clean for 10.
She quit only because she went to prison, and there was no heroin there. She grew tired of hearing other inmates plotting how they would return to the crimes that cost them their freedom – only not getting caught next time.
Once she got truly sober, Williams never wanted to shoot heroin again.
“I chose to sit at the table that had the fewest inmates, and that was the table where the church ladies sat,” Williams recalls. “When I got out on July 2009, I was ready to hit the ground and start working toward my vision….
 “I knew I wanted to make a difference and do something to help women like me.”
Williams founded a Chester halfway house for abused and addicted women leaving prison, and she now also works as a peer mentor at a separate drug-counseling service in Lancaster.
“Being clean now is so much better than what I though was my best day getting high,” she said. “Life is so good clean and sober.”
Williams is one of many people and organizations on the front lines of the effort to help addicts caught up in Lancaster County’s heroin and opioid crisis, which has resulted in at least 17 deaths and more than 130 overdoses this year.
Her journey
Originally from Baltimore, Williams grew up a spoiled only child in a comfortable, middle-class family of educators. Continue Reading at the Lancaster News site.

“Former heroin addict Le Tanya Williams, right, shares a hug with Anna Pierce in the storage room of Battered But Not Broken in Chester, a program Williams founded to help formerly addicted and abused women transition from prison to the outside world. Pierce is a volunteer program coordinator for the organization.”