Rea of Hope


I come from a long line of alcoholics and addicts and I was carrying on the family tradition. I was never able to hold down a job long enough to rent my own place and what money I did have went to alcohol. I met a man and was completely in shock that someone could love me. I tried to stop drinking for him and I did but only because I switched to narcotics; it didn’t take long for things to get out of control. I became pregnant with my son early in the relationship but was not able to stop using; eventually my son was taken into the states custody and his father to jail. I was blessed with a life changing opportunity but of course I did not see it that way at the time. For 6 months I was in and out of detox, finally I had enough. I completed treatment and was admitted into Rea of Hope March 1, 2012. I attended AA meetings, got a sponsor and started working the 12 steps. I got a job and started paying my own bills and making friends. I started to understand that I had to rake responsibility for my own actions and that my decisions come with consequences or rewards. On July 21, 2012 with only 6 months sobriety, I answered an early morning call that changed my life. My baby sister had been killed in a car accident. I was in shock and devastated. I felt like my mind was out of control. The one thing I was not was alone. The women of Rea of Hope surrounded me with love and support. Losing my sister was the hardest thing I have ever faced, but thanks to what I had learned at the Rea and the support around me I was able to walk through it sober. I graduated from Rea few short weeks later and moved into New Life apartments on Sept 1 and my son came to love with me full time on September 15. While living in a safe affordable place I have been able to set goals, reach them and clear up some of the wreckage of my past. I have learned about myself and gained confidence and am becoming self-sufficient but most importantly I have learned that life can be hard but never give up.


 I started using at the age of 13; at first only on weekends but it soon became a way of life. I would lie and cheat to get money and if I found any pills anywhere I would steal them. I hated the person I had become. My mother forced me into detox 3 times and I would stay clean for a while but end up hanging out with my friends and relapse. Finally I had enough and realized in order to stay clean I had to change everything. Rea of Hope taught me to balance work, AA meetings and being self-sufficient. My confidence came back and life is so much better today. I have been sober for 1 year and 3 months and will be forever grateful to the Rea of Hope.


The original Rea of Hope house is located on Lee Street in Charleston. The house is staffed 24 hours a day to insure a supportive and safe environment. Our residents are required to work, attend school, or volunteer at an approved location.

Rea of Hope II is just around the corner fron the original house. Together, both houses accomodate 14 beds. A resident of Rea of Hope will focus on their recovery in a 12 step-based fellowship program while establishing themselves as responsible members of our community..

As graduates, the women already have a support system in place, employment and connection to the community. We will work with the women to get their credit, fines and other financial and legal problems solved.

The goals of the Rea of Hope New Life Apartments are to provide an affordable beginning for these women; avoiding the stumbling blocks to a successful recovery.

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