By Matt Fritz; Monday, December 17, 2012
La PORTE — They have ripped away all the walls, ceilings and insulation, gutted the basement, removed the old roof, and are now preparing to widen the stairwells and replace the flooring. They are the 190 volunteers who are now onto their eighth Dumpster full of material
D. E. “Sonshine” Troche has been awarded the 2012 Ivy Tech Community College Personal Achievement Award. Earlier this year, she received the 2012 Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni Award of the North West Indiana Region and spoke at the 2012 graduation ceremony.
Troche is passionate about her mission to “empower, educate and equip women to go out and be recovered from addiction.” The women she works with have been dragged down by drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental abuse and poverty. Troche reaches out to them when they are in jail with few options in their future.
Troche had followed a similar path. A native of Germany, she was abandoned by her mother and left in an orphanage until she was eight years old. Her mother married a Vietnam veteran and moved with her daughter to the United States. But the fresh start didn’t overcome Troche’s anger, which, coupled with physical abuse, led her to depression and substance abuse at a young age.
An INTERVIEW WITH LA PORTE COUNTY CORONER JOHN SULLIVAN
D. E. "Sonshine" Troche and Tanya Taschler, a former Intern for Worthy Recovery and student at PNC conducted an interview in March of 2012, with La Porte County Coroner John Sullivan. In this interview, Mr. Sullivan shared factual information of the tremendous and dangerous Heroin problem in La Porte County.
One of our recent events included the Tour Indoor Yard Sale on July 20 & 21- 2012. Originally known as the CHARLES O. LARSON RESIDENCE built in 1912, our home is taking on new life in order to save many lives.
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