Addiction recovery house in Jefferson City offers home to women

4 years 2 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 07 2014 Oct 7, 2014 Tuesday, October 07, 2014 6:36:00 AM CDT October 07, 2014 in News
By: Amanda LaBrot, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - A new addiction recovery house is coming to Jefferson City.

Executive director of The Healing House and New Beginnings, Heather Gieck, has a personal tie to the new house.

"The reason I wanted to open it is because I'm a recovered alcoholic and addict," Gieck said. "I've circled in the middle of addiction from a very early age all the way until my mid-thirties." 

She said said she spent a lifetime dealing with addiction before ending up in prison. While she was there, she says her heart was changed. 

"When I came out, I entered into a 12 step recovery program, and I completed that program, I stayed two more years and ran a women's house, presented classes and mentored women," Gieck said. "I just want to give back what was given to me...a new way of life."

Now she's hoping to bring that same kind of disciplined change to recovering women in Jefferson City.

"One, it's my home town, but two, Jefferson City doesn't have anything like this for women," Gieck said. "We have treatment centers and things like that, but we don't have a recovery house or program. We have men and women coming out of jail and institutions on a yearly and daily basis. They're coming back into Jefferson City environment, and the women coming out of treatment centers want a change in life and they have no place to go."

She says The Healing House will be that place where they can go, but will also be a very structured environment of change.

The first-of-its-kind healing house has a place for 8 women, and will teach life skills classes along with the recovery program. Gieck says she's looking for community experts to volunteer to teach those classes. She's hoping the house will be ready for the women by this May.

The first Healing House fundraiser will be held Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 at Memorial Park in Jefferson City. $15 buys a plate of fried chicken and chair massages by Holistic Hands are available for $1. There will also be a silent auction, and all the proceeds go toward household and administrative needs for The Healing House.

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