New home to help addicts

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After people who are addicted to opioids leave a rehab or prison, there’s a large risk that they will start using again. A new organization in Altoona is working hard to break that cycle.

Krista Knapp has been a recovering addict in Blair County for 11 years. She saw firsthand the need for more support services. So she created The Newsworthy Network.

A house on 11th street in Altoona will be a home for 10 women for 9-12 months as they transition from rehab or prison to a new life without addiction.

It’s been slow going so far. Purchasing a house took a year. Getting the outside fixed up took a year. Now they’re looking for approval from the city of Altoona for the design on the inside. They say one of the best things they’ve seen is community support for funds. And Knapp says with support, they will open more houses of hope and faith, to break this cycle of addiction.

There’s an Annual Spring Banquet to support The Newsworthy Network. It’s set for April 11th, at 6 pm at The Casino at Lakemont. The featured speaker is Judy Rosser. Guest speakers are two local pastors. There will be live entertainment and a silent auction. To buy a ticket contact Krista Knapp at 814-934-8940 or at newsworthynetwork@gmail.com

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