CHICAGO (CBS) – Friday was the big reveal of a brand new house that will give women a second chance – cutting the ceremonial ribbon at Berwyn.
The house offers women a safe place to stay and recover after difficult times.
Tucked away on this quiet street is a home filled with hope.
“The spirit inside was just amazing. The peace I felt when I walked in and there was everything, absolutely everything we needed.”
It is the last refuge for the ‘WIN’ program — women in need.
The goal? Help women who have hit rock bottom after battling things like drug addiction and prison.
Founder Bethany Little has created everything so that women can have the opportunities she once wished she had.
“Being in and out of prison myself, caught up in my addiction, and I went through homeless treatment and came out homeless,” she said.
What started as a dream eventually turned into a step-by-step program followed by the first safe house. Today, the fourth house of the program is open.
Soon, seven women will have a roof over their heads.
“I’m almost at a loss for words. You know, to say that six years ago I was homeless and on the streets now I can help other women on the streets and give them some courage,” Little said. .
Including Candace, who has had help from Bethany’s group for nearly a year.
“I had just been incarcerated and it was kind of like an endless cycle for me,” she said.
Eventually, Candace knew she needed a change and turned to Bethany for help.
“The day I came I was nervous, I didn’t know what to expect and you know she welcomed me with open arms.”
Now she is in her place.
“Throughout my life, I’ve always thought about what I wanted to do, what I could have done, and I never got there,” Candace said. “I always put myself last. And I don’t know, just being here in this program and learning to live life on the terms of life by myself, not by myself but for myself.”
Today, she has her sights set on her future, and for Bethany, it’s a victory.
“It means everything to me. It’s what my mission is, and it’s what I live for today. And so, I’m just blessed that God gave me this second chance,” said Bethany.
Three other houses are already under construction. If you are interested in donating to their cause, visit win4recovery.com.