Sep 30, 2009 6:17 AM by John Romero
A group of women in Southern Colorado are defying the odds when it comes to breaking the cycle of addiction and incarceration. Many of their stories are similar. "I happen to come from a recent history of drugs and alcohol mixed with domestic violence." says Genniese Watkins. She just passed the half way point of her program at Liza's Place Residential Program. It's a spiritually guided journey designed to give these women the tools they need to make it. The next story is just as heartbreaking. "I went to prison for drugs." says new program graduate Sandra Forrest, "I ended up having a child in prison. "
They're both women who fell on hard times. With the help of Liza's Place they are now taking steps in the right direction. "I'm more than halfway through the program and it's given me a lot of spirituality, a lot of hope." says Watkins. "I moved out of Liza's Place on the 28th of last month so I've been out on my own for a month now and I couldn't be happier." Forrest says with a wide smile.
The program guides woman on subjects such as how to maintain a full time job, how to manage money and perhaps most importantly, how to foster healthy and spiritual relationships with themselves and each other. "We are pretty much like one big family." Watkins says, a little woman with a big personality, "We are sisters. It's a constant slumber party non-stop!"
They are taking many paths, but as a supportive group these women will move forward to finally live their lives on step at a time. "I'm currently working now and plan on graduating soon and becoming a motivational speaker." says Watkins. "My son is my motivation. He's 14 months now. It means that I don't have to go back to the old life style. I don't have to go back to selling drugs."
If you or someone you know needs help from a program like Liza's Place, you can click here for their website and more information.