When I was young, all I wanted to do was become a nurse and help others. In my teen years I was introduced to alcohol and found that I was easily accepted into the popular group. I thought it was no big deal. As a few years went by, my experimentation became a habit. I moved on to stronger more powerful highs. The "in crowd" was now gone and I had surpassed their tolerance levels. As the years went by my addiction grew stronger and I was a prisoner of my own addiction. At the age of 24, I was sleeping on whoever's bed I could find, sometimes the street. I wanted to end everything. I was so such a broken soul and thought there was no way out. I met a woman who told me to call a place called Avenues 12. I spoke to Kay Hayes, she was understanding and talked to me for at least an hour. She told me her story and it was much like mine. She asked what I was willing to do to save my life and start a new one. She helped me find a bed in a detox and I reluctantly went. Kay said she would hold a bed for me in a safe and loving place after I completed detox. I was scared and had no idea what would happen to me. After detox, she kept her promise. I had no money and the only thing I owned was a pair of shoes and the clothes on my back.
As soon a I got there everyone greeted me and said welcome home! From that day forth I started to believe that there were good people who really cared about me. They will do whatever it takes to help you move forward, one day at a time, as long as I do the work. The staff always took the time to listen and guide me. They got me clothes, fed me, started to show me that I was somebody again. My life got better everyday. I got a job, began making close friends and had a new family. I can never say enough about these women and what they teach. I am back in school for nursing 2 years later. I no longer live there, but I will always leave my heart with them. As an alumni, I go back to help the new women coming in. You are never alone! Forever grateful !
I have a 35 year old daughter who has been in and out of drug and alcohol treatment facilities
for over 15 years.
She lost her home, children, husband, and her family. We had done everything we could to get her help. We gave up and waited for her to die. She just wasn't ready.
I was browsing the web and came across Avenues 12. I called and was greeted so kindly. My daughter said she would try it.
It was not easy for her at first. They are no nonsense about helping to save lives. The staff is fabulous. They worked with her everyday and provided guidance and support.
This was last year year. Today, she has her children back and is working full time. She is going to meetings and remaining clean. Thank you Avenues 12 for guiding her forward until she was ready to do it on her own!
I found out about this organization through a former student. In the process, I met one of the kindest, most genuine, and most thoughtful people I have ever known. I learned much about selfless giving, compassion, and understanding, and I attribute much of the success of Avenues 12 to the tireless passion of one woman and the countless others who believe wholeheartedly in her mission.
As a donor/co-founder I have been able to witness first-hand amazing changes in our recovering women - sometimes seemingly overnight! It is common to see a new woman come in unable to make eye contact and staring at the floor because of the shame associated with this disease of addiction. Usually one or two days later, she is smiling and laughing....a new person. They find that instead of encountering unfriendly self-centered, competitive women, they are lovingly welcomed and taken under the wings of the current residents, who treat them like they were treated when they themselves entered the doors. They truly pass it on out of gratitude. They become protective and supportive of each other. This is, by far, one of the most rewarding adventures I've ever undertaken. -janet white
I had been in and out of rehab centers so many times I lost count. I even lived in various "sober" houses, but those only lasted at most a month and I was right back out again. I came into Avenues 12 very broken and straight from detox. I had nowhere else to go. My family dis-owned me, I lost custody of my three children, no friends because I had lied and disappointed everyone far too many times. I thought Aves 12 had a lot of rules when I first got there, but - boy, that is exactly what I needed! Structure, responsibility, accountability, no more secrets. I was welcomed and loved by the women instantly who loved me until I could learn to love myself. The home was/is beautiful - looks like Better Homes and Gardens! I wanted to get better, be stable, work the steps, and have a life again. I stayed 11 months, which actually felt like 2 months.... When I left Aves, I had regained custody of my children again, was invited back home by my family and landed an amazing job in my field. When it comes right down to it, I owe everything to Avenues 12. Yes, its true, I did some work, but had it not been for Avenues 12, the program and the structure ... I am quite certain I would be either homeless, in jail or dead. I love this place and HIGHLY recommend this Recovery House to ANYONE who wants to be sober and learn how to live again. I keep in touch and give rides to newcomers just to stay grounded and give back what was so freely given to me. Three years later, still sober, loving life, and the happiest most grateful mom to three beautiful kids who trust me again! Thank you Avenues and Kay and Deanna :)
Review from Guidestar
Avenues 12 is one of the most dignified and supportive women's recovery houses I have ever been affiliated with in my 27 years of working in this field. I feel confident when I refer women to this program and am happy to see them months later still clean and doing well as productive members of the community as a result. Go Avenues 12!!!
I moved into Avenues 12 in November of 2010, after spending four months at an inpatient treatment center. At the time I was 27 years old, and had been struggling with substance abuse issues for the better half of my life. My mind, body, and spirit were shot. Never having learned what was necessary to behave like an adult, let alone a member of everyday society, Avenues 12 was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. I had a safe, structured, supportive environment available as I learned what it was like to stay clean and become responsible. I made connections with women and gained friendships that I still maintain to this day. I stayed at Avenues 12 until February of 2012, and although 15 months may seem to be a long time to some, I desperately needed that continued structure and accountability for an extended period. I don't believe that I would've been able to remain clean without the support at that time. As I sit typing this, I am just shy of my 4 year anniversary. I am graduating with my AA degree in about eight weeks, and have just been accepted into the BSN program at UCF starting in January. I have reconnected with my family, and have a healthy regular old life. I worked very hard to get where I am today, and although I don't attribute my success entirely to Avenues 12, I do know for sure that if they hadn't been there for me at the darkest time in my life, I would never even had the chance to get where I am today!
Avenues 12 saved my life. It changed me and my life and helped me to be a better person. I am forever grateful to Avenues 12 and the women that live there and the women that give their time, effort and love to ensure a helping hand is there for women in need. -Thank you! Stacy N.
This facility is AWESOME!!! Very nice living spaces, very well maintained, very well run. I have seen hundreds of women work thru their program and lives have been changed immeasurably. This facility allows women to feel safe and instills hope in their future, and helps them make positive changes
Avenues 12 not only saved my life but also molded me into the woman I am today. I entered Avenues 12 Sept 2010 and was a member until Aug 2011, It is possible to get clean were you used, I did!! Avenues 12 taught me how to become a productive member of society, how to love my self and how to love others again. Addiction brought to a point that I couldn't even do daily actives to care for myself, my child, or anyone else. Avenues 12 helped me see that I could be a woman with integrity and respect again. It was the structure yet freedom and love I needed to regain a clear mind to see my own value again. Today I am a mother, a friend, an employee, and a sister. Thank you Avenues for giving my daughter her mother back, my sister and brother their sister back, and thank you for helping me find myself again.
I walked into Aves 12 Women's Recovery House on Nov. 7,2010 at the lowest part of my life. I was spiritually, mentally, and financially bankrupt and in very poor physical health. Having been in several treatment centers as well as other institutions I had pretty much given up all hope of ever getting clean and returning to life as I knew it before my addiction became active. As a registered nurse I knew that my disease was progressive and fatal, but had lost the ability to live without the use of drugs and perform the basic activities of daily living. Aves 12 provided a safe, structured, recovery based home which introduced me to clean and sober living which gave me the foundation my recovery is built on today. Next month I will have 4 years clean and sober, have returned to being a productive member of society and my life is better than I ever imagined it could or would be. I am still active in activities at Aves 12 as it is such a pleasure to give back what was so freely given to me. I have witnessed so many miracles as other women come to Aves 12 and have the same experience as myself. Myself and my family will forever be grateful to Aves12 for giving me the opportunity to recover from active addiction.
My daughter entered Avenues 12 in May 2013. We thought she was hopeless and helpless. We found this organization on the web and have been thoroughly amazed at the outcome for our daughter.
She now has over a year of sobriety. She has entered school and has changed her life.
We cannot say thank you enough.
If anyone has a child that needs guidance and structure in their lives, this is the place to send your family members.
They have a fabulous reputation and we understand why. They are compassionate, understanding, tough, and yet gentle to the women's needs.
They do need funding sources to assist indigent women who need their help.
They are not a handout, but a helping hand. They have been in business for 6 years and have made huge strides in short amount of time.
I understand that they are trying to expand and open a house for Female Veterans.
If you want to donate to a great cause, Avenues 12 is the organization to donate your money.
Avenues12 is a life changing experience. This is not a hand out. This is a solution to life. They teach life skills, get you involved in the recovery process, help you find a job, and guide you through the beginning stages of early recovery.
They recently opened a Sober Apartment building where you can have a solid foundation for long term recovery.
Every day is a new learning experience. My life has changed and now I have my children back. I have returned to college and I am the woman that I have always wanted to become. Thank you Avenues 12!
Review from Guidestar
I have watched hundreds of women of all ages recover from alcoholism and drug addiction in the safe, structured, and supportive environment of Avenues 12 since its inception in 2008. For those who truly want freedom from addiction and long to become a useful member of society, reunited with their friends and family and an asset to their communities, the residential program offered by Avenues 12 is unmatched for success.
As a nonprofit, Avenues 12 is well managed, financially sound and supported by the Daytona Beach community it serves, as well as by the nationally known drug and alcohol recovery facilities who refer their clients to Avenues 12 for longer term residency.
Review from Guidestar
I have been actively working with Avenues 12 for 5 years as a board member. I have seen women come in who are at the lowest of lows, mentally and physically weary from life and I have watched them slowly blossom into beautiful women again. Avenues 12 provides the atmosphere for healing and succeeding where women learn to take pride in themselves, their surroundings and learn to live with structure and accountability in a group setting with caring and support.
Life sometimes finds you in places where you don't want to be. My life was at the bottom of the pile. I had nowhere to go and everyone walked away from. I was scared and using every day. When I went to treatment for drug abuse they said to go to a recovery house. I had no idea what it was. I found Avenues 12 and now I know what a real recovery house is. I was there for help and they gave me everything I needed and not everything I wanted. Today I am drug free and helping others. Thank you Avenues 12.
Review from Guidestar