The Rea of Hope Fellowship Home and New Life Apartments has had it's growing paind since it opened it's doors in May, 2005. The place is a clean, bright, cheery home that teaches personal responsibility as a step on the road to recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction. From the inception, we learned how sneaky alcohoics and drug addicts can be, and how some used unique ways of getting over on their drug testing. We learned how hard it is for 10 women to live in harmony, and we learned how most women with these problems had multiple other issues to work through, if they are to stay sober. 85% have been sexually and/or emotionally abused and many come from families with substance abuse problems. We also saw successes, with women becoming re-united with families and children, returning to school, getting full time jobs, speaking in front of state policiticans and community members. We learned about fund raising and including the women in "sisters in sobriety" luncheons, 5 K walk/runs, annual fund raising dinners, that gives them exposure to many persons, build confidence and community. Rea of Hope and New Life is a testamont to Betsy Fletcher Rea, a long time member in a recovery program, who opened her home to many women in need. She was a shining example of service, humility and caring. The staff at Rea and New Life exhibit these same qualities and many of the staff have their own recovery story to share. The community has embraced our efforts and we continue to receive visits and accolades for the work we are doing. We have not solved the problem of substance abuse however, and are finding an extreme need for assistance for pregnant addicts. Our work goes on, but it so rewarding to see the women who are experiecning sobriety, a connection with God and community, becoming more confident and self supporting and enjoying life once more. I highly recommend support with any resources you might have, from buying household supplies, donations of time or money, referring women who need a safe place to stay, or prayers for our success.