Community Changers: Fighting Addiction

Every Tuesday, as part of our Community Changers series, we spotlight the organizations that are making Memphis better. This week we met a group that helps you overcome your fear.

Addiction (noun): the fact or condition of being dependent on a particular substance or activity.

“He said, ‘Mom, you’re killing me.’ I’m going to… ‘Oh my God’… ‘Either you get help or I’m going to get away from you,’” Mary Wayne said. “I was struggling with an addiction and my son heard about this program. >

That was thirteen years ago and the program that Mary Wayne is talking about, the Grace House of Memphis. This is a non-profit organization providing addiction treatment to women.

They have a long-term residential rehabilitation program, a halfway house program, and a sober living program.

We spoke with Charlotte Hoppers, the executive director.

“Not just to get alcohol and drugs out of a woman’s system, but actually to give them skills and work with behaviors to give a woman a whole new start,” Hoppers said.

This work and this passion are personal for Charlotte. She is her own success story for living sober. The same goes for Karen Morgan, their clinical director. They are able to make meaningful connections with their customers.

“When I went into recovery, it was like a whole new world that I didn’t even know existed,” Morgan said.

They encourage ladies to find balance in everyday life. They know it’s hard.

“You know what, if I can go through everything I’ve been through and make it on the other side, and still struggle as a human being, that means you can too,” Morgan said.

Mary met us in the same room she slept in when she was in the halfway house thirteen years ago.

“They gave me a sense of worth. They made me feel loved. They gave me understanding,” Mary said.

Mary has since earned her bachelor’s degree and completed her master’s degree. Additionally, she is nationally certified as an alcohol and drug counselor.

But most importantly, “It helped me reunite with my family. And my family is supporting me,” Mary said.

And his son is very proud.

This is why our anonymous donor wanted to give Grace House of Memphis thousand dollars.

Because when you help one person, it really impacts the whole family unit.

A real community changer.

Sam D. Gomez