Volunteers of America helping women

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A community has plenty to celebrate as it comes out of a difficult 18 months.

But as tough as things have been, a special program for women has plenty to celebrate after a year.

“volunteers of America is responsible for serving people dealing with addiction,” Hancock said.

The organization is expanding throughout Southeastern Kentucky, VOA President and CEO Jennifer Hancock says they couldn’t do it without their partners.

“We’re providing life-saving services to women who are pregnant and parenting and substance use disorder and only because of the fact that we have just amazing partners here working with us every single day,” Hancock said.

One of those partners provides oral health care.

“I’ve not been in a dentist in years until I came here, and honestly if I was on the streets I probably still wouldn’t have been,” Cline said.

The VOA Freedom House opened at the beginning of the pandemic but has been determined to help women.

Women like Jerica Cline who has been at the house for three months.

She says it saved her and her baby, one-month-old Julian.

“I grew up in a decent home but like everybody else, I went through problems and I ended up using drugs. Mainly meth and I did alcohol, heroin, and some things,” Cline said.

Cline is on pretrial diversion, she has two others kids but doesn’t see them often, she says this time around she was really scared of losing her son.

That’s when she asked for help and found the Freedom House, “I love it here honestly. It’s a little bit crazy sometimes but it’s a good place to be and I’m thankful for everybody here.”

Cline says being at the house has changed her entire mindset.

“If you want the help and you’re absolutely ready to change then you might as well seek further help. It’s a lot worse thinking about it than it really is,” Cline said.

Now, It’s time for her and others throughout the community to focus on the good things to come.

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