Woman building transition home for recovering addicts

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. - A local woman who's spent nearly a decade battling addiction is looking to help other women facing the same struggle.

Krista Knapp bought a house in the Lower Fairview section of Altoona for $5,000.

She has big plans to make it a safe haven for women who are recovering from addiction.

Krista and several volunteers are tearing out walls and stripping an Altoona home to the studs. 

The goal? To build a transition house for women who don't want to fall back into addiction.

"One day they'll be able to go back to where they came from or stay in this area and be a working member of society, where they have employment, where they feel good about themselves."

That's what Knapp's organization N.E.W.S. Worthy network is all about.

She knows what it's like to battle addiction.

"It was easier unfortunately to stay numb and so addiction was a big part of that for two decades."February 14th it'll be ten years and it was the day I decided to love myself to be a better mom, a better nurse a better person..."

Joshua Miller has been volunteering time to help with the home.

"We're just taking down the walls, tearing down everything, getting it all ready for building up."

Miller says his mom battled addiction when he was young.

"With this house being buil it's really important to me because growing up I went through a lot and I've seen a lot that I shouldn't have seen. I want to give women the ability to get like my mom should have."

Knapp says the home will house 4 women at a time who need a place to go after treatment.

She hopes to have the project complete in about 6 months. 

"It's very important for them to have a place to come to because there aren't enough places. A lot of people are scared of the idea of having a recovery house but what they don't understand is if they have stability they can move on with what they're trying to do."

Knapp says if anyone wants to help with the demolition and reconstruction they can learn more about the project by clicking here.


 


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