Isaiah House Center for Women

$365 of $105,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 1 month
Created October 2, 2018
The Isaiah House is a not-for-profit organization with treatment facilities in Washington and Nelson County. It has been providing residential addiction treatment services in the central Kentucky area since 1999. Currently, the Isaiah House has over 100 treatment beds at its main campus and 32 beds at its Chaplin campus. Isaiah House provides an incredible range of holistic services including job skills training and college classes to relapse prevention planning and several clinical therapy modalities.
The Isaiah House  has been helping men get their lives back for years. Our motto is "Real hope for addiction". The Isaiah House is now working toward offering real hope for addiction to women as well.
However, we need help raising funds to furnish the center and install a new septic system. Please help us reach our goal of $105,000.00 so we can offer the best possible treatment for women.
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My name is Melissa Howard. I am from Danville, Kentucky. I could start with my childhood but it would explain nothing. I had a great, God-filled childhood. All I know is I never felt "home." So instead, let's start with high school and college. I was a very good student, and I excelled in sports. I played volleyball and softball for as long as I can remember. Sports were a perfect outlet for me. Although I looked like an all-American girl; I had already been smoking weed, drinking, and popping pills for years.

When I left high school and went to college, I continued to play sports and kept up good grades, but in my personal life, I had found oxycontin and cocaine. Doing oxycontin was the first time I felt like I had found "home." After 3 years of doing well in school and sports; I got hit with a random drug test and I knew my career was over. I left school, and this began my many years of rehab failures. Shortly after leaving school, I met my husband and soul mate, Jacob Howard. We used together, loved each other, and hated ourselves. It was absolute chaos.

We got pregnant and lost our first child when I was 8 months pregnant. We got married and found heroin all at the same time. I got pregnant again and he was born addicted. We didn't even get to take him home from the hospital and custody went to my mother. All of these self-made tragedies only added fuel to the using fire. I had completely lost everything in life. Jacob and I split for a time and I ended up homeless in Lexington after one more failure at rehab. I was completely broken.

Through the grapevine I heard that Jacob had gone to Isaiah House and had completely changed his life. Missing him and desperate to understand how he succeeded, I called Isaiah House really not even knowing if he would speak to me. After a couple of attempts, I finally got to speak to him. The life in his voice was enough to give me the amount of hope it took to make me try one more time. Jacob tried to help me find a bed somewhere, but it seemed bleak.

Out of nowhere Jacob called me about the Hope Over Heroin event in Danville. This event gave me a free bed at the women's center at Isaiah House. As soon as I walked through the doors, I was HOME and this time it doesn't need quotations. I stayed at the women's center for 30 days and found a God that I had never known. After 30 days, the women's center was shutting down. They set me up with a job and moved me into sober living with 3 really wonderful girls. Not long after that, Isaiah House moved myself, Jacob, and our son into a new sober living home. We were finally back together.

Today, we are a family of four. We have a happy, healthy baby girl and live in our own home. We have full custody of our oldest child and my youngest will never know an addict mother. Jacob and I are both staff members of Isaiah House and we worship God together. I am three years sober. My heart and gratitude to Isaiah House is overflowing. We have been so blessed. The grace of God is more than amazing. I could not ask for more.

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Isaiah House center for women
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We are in the process of opening a womens center.
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$365 of $105,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 1 month
Created October 2, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Isaiah House
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Willisburg, KY
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