Open house held at recovery home
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
as they continue their work to make the Worthy Women Recovery Home a place where formerly incarcerated women can transition to a productive life in La Porte County. On Sunday, the home hosted an open house to show members of the public how far volunteers have come since taking over the home more than a year ago. Home Executive Director “Sonshine” Troche said the home is needed now more than ever with the number of heroin overdoses increasing every year and the number of incarcerated women increasing 20 percent from a few years ago. She said volunteers are preparing to tear out all the flooring and enlarge the stairwell 2-feet by 2-feet to bring it up to code, a project that could cost up to $15,000. This includes cutting out and blocking up the current doorway by the stairs and installing a new one.
To this end she is seeking donations from those wanting to purchase a piece of the renovation: Someone can purchase a step for $300 (there are 44 steps available), a landing at $500 (there are two landings), a door for $250 (there are five doors), or acrylic windows from between $450 to $550 (there are two).
Plaques will be made for each donor and hung along the stairwell.
She said volunteers also plan to install a new subfloor for the first and second levels, which she said the organization should be able to do itself, although she said organizers would welcome any help. She said the basement will also need a new floor, but work is still being done there.
When the structure is ready for electricity, she said a local union has agreed to donate workers to help with the installation.
For more information about the Worthy Women Recovery Home, or to help out, call Troche at (219) 405-7006, or visit the home online at worthyrecovery.org. Donations can also be sent to WWRH P.O. Box 116, La Porte.