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Cape Girardeau programs helps homeless recovering drug addicts

Mending hearts recovery is not-for-profit. Mending hearts recovery is not-for-profit.
"I'm blessed that I went to prison," said Crissy Dawson. "I'm blessed that I went to prison," said Crissy Dawson.
Daugherty says she's been clean for nine years, and made it her mission to give back. Daugherty says she's been clean for nine years, and made it her mission to give back.
"This is where I'm supposed to be," said DeClue. "This is where I need to be." "This is where I'm supposed to be," said DeClue. "This is where I need to be."
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Helping homeless ex-convicts who are struggling to stay clean, it's a job few would take.

One place in Cape Girardeau is doing more than that, they're welcoming these women with open arms.

Mending Hearts Recovery can take up to 12 women at a time, and right now they're almost at capacity again.

The clients go through a program and learn how to not only stay clean, but live productive lives as well.

"I'm blessed that I went to prison," said Crissy Dawson. 

Dawson just got out of prison in November. Meth nearly destroyed her.

"It was horrible. I couldn't get away from it," said Dawson. She says prison saved her life. Mending hearts gave her a second chance.

"I have goals, I didn't have goals before," said Dawson. 

Mending hearts recovery is not-for-profit. It's a faith-based program founded four years ago.

Their mission is to provide housing, education, mentoring, and continued recovery to females addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The founders took a once run down house on North Henderson in Cape Girardeau and turned it into a place of hope.

The program's executive director says church groups and other individuals have helped contribute to the program's success.

"The community just started coming together to help," said Karen Daugherty-Executive Director.

Daugherty is also a recovering meth addict.

"I manufactured it, and I did it all," said Daughtery. 

She says she's been clean for nine years, and made it her mission to give back.

"You can't go back to where you came from," said Daughtery. "You'll either end up in prison or you'll be dead. It's that simple."

It's reality Betty DeClue faced.

"This is where I'm supposed to be," said DeClue. "This is where I need to be."

DeClue is also a recovering addict who served time behind bars.

"Today I'm a 45 year old very smart and intelligent woman," said DeClue. "I love me today, but last year I hated me."

Mending Hearts Recovery not only provides housing, but counseling, case management, help with life skills and encourages education and employment.

The women consider Mending Hearts their family. Many have families and children of their own, but drugs robbed them from many of those relationships.

They're where they are now to find themselves, and get a fresh start.

"It feels good to wake up everyday clean, sober, and happy," said Crissy Dawson. "Life is great for me right now."

The women are referred  to Mending Hearts through the Missouri Department of Corrections, probation and parole, social services, treatment centers, mental health agencies, or family members. Some even show up on the doorsteps themselves.

You can find out more by visiting their website www.mendingheartsrecovery.org , or call (573) 332-7900.

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