Come out and Join us at Bank of America Stadium during Carolina Panther home games as we raise money for Battered But Not Broken! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! To Sign up Contact Tammy. at (803) 385-2290 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“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.
Thanks to Emily Pollock and the Lancaster News for publishing a nice story about our Volunteer Work Day.
Here is an excerpt:
“…Miriam’s House is named after Miriam, the sister of Moses. According to Williams, Miriam’s House will mirror what the nonprofit already does at the House of Magdalene, but will cater specifically to the needs of Lancaster County. “Every community has different needs,” Williams said, noting the current opioid problem in the county. Miriam’s House, which will be able to provide shelter to six women at a time for up to 18 months, will partner with various agencies to get women the help they need in terms of healthcare, counseling and job training.”