Expansion to Volunteers of America site in Louisville aimed at helping more women and children struggling with addiction
After years of planning, fundraising and rehabbing, Volunteers of America is just weeks away from welcoming dozens of new residents.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After years of planning, fundraising and rehabbing, Volunteers of America is just weeks away from welcoming dozens of new residents.
Sixteen new units with enough room for 23 women and their children is expected to open by the end of May.
"It's been designed especially for women so that they feel like they're at home," said Jennifer Hancock, CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States. "It's designed to ensure that we're doing all we can to repair what's been broken and to help this family heal and get back into this community."
The site on Second Street includes a nursery, lounge, kitchen and playrooms for women like Robin Herrell, who battled addiction for five years. The mother of four came to Freedom House back in January, just weeks before giving birth to her son, after a stint in jail for drug trafficking and possession.
"He's my motivation," Herrell said of her son, Major. "I wake up every day and like now that I'm sober and I got the tools to stay sober.
For Herrell and all the other women hoping to find the next phase of their life, Volunteers of America offers a chance.
"We all come together and help each other," Herrell said. "I know if a sister needs help with her baby, like we'll all help. We step in, and it's a lot easier than doing it on your own."
The new site will continue that mission, offering hope, healing and a sense of home.
"My dream and hope is to be back with my kids and just live everyday lives," Herrell said.
The new site's Grand Opening is scheduled for May 10.
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