Sarah wants to make people happy. She has a cheerleader costume, a clown suit and a purple sparkly cape. “When you look at me, I want to give you hope,” she says. But Sarah herself has seen some dark days. In 2013 her husband died of kidney ... [Continue reading]
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Latona describes herself as a “generational curse breaker.” After years of family toxicity, she came to the New Opportunity School for Women in 2014—mentally, physically, and spiritually broken. She was referred by her counselor, a graduate of ... [Continue reading]
Chaney lives in Eastern Kentucky and is the proud mother of twins. “My twins make me want to be a better version of myself,” she says. “That’s how I was introduced to the New Opportunity School for Women.” A co-worker had attended NOSW, and ... [Continue reading]
Even before she came to NOSW, Barb was an advocate—for women, rural people, and those who struggled with mental health and addiction. She lobbied in Frankfort, convincing legislators to fund peer support for people with addiction. “I advocate a ... [Continue reading]
Jennifer arrived for the Fall 2019 Residential Program after having just completed drug rehab. During those two weeks in Berea, the barriers and chains that had held her seemed to drop away, she explains. She learned it was okay to ask for help and ... [Continue reading]
Tami is a native of Winchester, Kentucky. After breaking her shoulder in an accident, she developed an addiction to prescribed pain pills. For years, she was a functioning addict who managed to balance work and family in the throes of her addiction. ... [Continue reading]
Sheila attended our three-day non-residential program in Winchester, Kentucky, in the summer of 2018 after hearing about it through a friend and fellow drug court alum. Determined to make her recovery from opiate addiction last, Sheila was looking ... [Continue reading]
Nora attended one of the first community-based workshops the New Opportunity School hosted in the summer of 2017. A resident of Laurel County, Kentucky, Nora had been recently widowed and was in depression from that loss. Hoping to coax her out of ... [Continue reading]
When Fran applied to attend NOSW’s residential program, she was at her lowest point in life. A native of Flat Gap in Johnson County, Kentucky, she was nearing retirement age when she was unexpectedly let go from the nursing home where she had been ... [Continue reading]
As a young woman with high anxiety, Bri was unsure where to begin when it came to meeting the goals she wanted to achieve for herself. She worked with her mentor to figure out her passion and create an action plan for building a career in ... [Continue reading]
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