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Reunion Aug. 18 for women who've been through the Home of Hope and started new lives SANDUSKY Women who owe their succ
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Reunion Aug. 18 for women who've been through the Home of Hope and started new lives

SANDUSKY

Women who owe their success to Home of Hope will have a chance to exchange stories and testimonies at an upcoming reunion.

From noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Osborn Park, the Rev. Doris Troup and the Home of Hope will have a picnic at the first shelter.

Troup said the reunion isn't only for the success stories, but also for women who have been through the program and still need some support.

"To let them know that we have all the support and we are still here for them, whether they are still living a decent and good life or fallen by the wayside," Troup said.

The Home of Hope helps rehabilitate, educate and rejuvenate women who suffer from any addiction through its Life Renewal Program.

Up to six women live in the house at a time and are under supervision 24 hours a day.

The Home strives to prepare each woman to re-enter society as seamlessly as possible.

Nearly 50 women have graduated from the program in the last five years.

One of those women, Deborah, 44, graduated from the program in July 2006. She first went to the Home of Hope because she was fighting an addiction to painkillers.

The program helped Deborah squash her addiction, but also encouraged her to make progress in other areas of her life.

"The Home of Hope gave me back myself," Deborah said. "It gave me the foundation I needed to get started. To not return to my old life, but get out of my old life and to a new life."

Since graduating Deborah has ended an abusive relationship and has been living with her daughter in their own place for a year.

She plans to begin classes at BGSU Firelands in the fall.

Another Home of Hope graduate, Sarah Raiden, 35, was in the program from October 2005 to August 2006.

Raiden first entered the home after being addicted to drugs, mainly crack, for 17-18 years. Her son was her wake-up call.

"When he turned about a year old, I realized I needed to get myself some help," Raiden said.

Erie County Job and Family Services took custody of the child, and Raiden checked into the Home of Hope.

"The Home of Hope helped build my self-confidence and helped me dig deep down in myself and get out everything else in my past," Raiden said. "I had a rough childhood. There's a reason why you use drugs."

Since graduating, Raiden has had her own place and has been working at Goodwill for nearly a year.

She is continuing to build her relationship with God and is looking forward to going to the reunion.

Cathy Dickerson, 48, liked the home so much she went back -- but the second time as a volunteer.

"They called me and asked if I would start volunteering. I thought, 'wow, that is a privilege,'" Dickerson said. "They said I was a good role model and offered me a job there after six months."

For information on the reunion call 419-609-1924.

Home of Hope reunion

Picnic noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Shelter No. 1, Osborn Park

For women who've gone back to society after going through the Home of Hope

For information on the reunion call 419-609-1924.