Before finding Anderson House, Melissa was a woman without HOPE. One might never expect that a girl with a normal, happy childhood in the New Jersey suburbs would end up homeless, destitute and an alcoholic.
Melissa was a vibrant and imaginative child with a loving and supportive family. She grew into a hard-working woman with a passion for cooking, which led her to a long and successful career at high profile hotels and restaurants. Yet she kept a dark and shameful secret: she was an alcoholic. What started as social drinking quickly got out of control-going through cases of alcohol at work and at home. Eventually Melissa couldn’t hide it anymore, her health began to fail and she became a shell of her former self. It took eight years for Melissa to make it to Anderson House, struggling with relapse on her own, never able to stay sober for more than a few months. She needed the intensive support, guidance and coping skills that Anderson House offers.
“I owe so much to Anderson House.” Melissa said recently, “I had nothing when I came here, no hope, no future, and no possibility. I relapsed so many times that I never thought I would be able to truly get sober. Now I’ve been sober for two and a half years, I’ve got a job I love, and I’m buying my first house! I never imagined my life could look like this.”
Melissa has found the strength to build her own house of hope through the program at Anderson House, but we need your help to bring that HOPE to the countless women in New Jersey who so desperately need our program. It is only with your support that we can continue serving women like Melissa who need a second chance, an opportunity to change, and HOPE that your gift provide.