Helping local women break the cycle of drug addiction


By Portia Williams - portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com



Sojourner House, women’s transitional living facility in Portsmouth, recently held a graduation for some the residents. Left to right: Darlene Blythe, assistant director of Sojourner House, and graduates, Stephanie Young, Betty Jo Carlin, Krista Locher, Terri Skaggs, not pictured Jessica Hurles, and Anna Wood Jessica Hurles, Anna Wood not pictured


PORTSMOUTH — The Sojourner House in Portsmouth has been instrumental in helping women break the cycle of drug addiction to become happy, health, productive citizens in society.

Carmen Josey, Sojourner House executive director, said all of the women who complete the programs at the home are winners. A graduation ceremony was held at Sojourner House on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, for six women that have been residents of the home, and have gone through the programming.

“These women have accomplished all of the goals set out by the Sojourner House, and their final goal is to get permanent housing and employment, which all of these women have done,” Josey said. “Everyone here is a winner, and they all have Christ in their lives, and are working on their relationships with God.”This is journey that I love. I love getting up in the morning knowing that there are women that are striving to make their lives different, to heal the relationships in their families, and to become effective citizens. It is amazing.”

Darlene Blythe, assistant director at Sojourner House, said observing the women at the home as they grow and develop is remarkable.

“When I see the women come in, I see them when they first come and are not in very good shape,” Blythe said. “Then during the time that they are here, they end up having a relationship with God and I see their growth.

Both Josey and Blythe said they look forward to continuing the work at Sojourner House and to do everything that they can to make a difference in the lives of women who struggle with drug addiction.

Sojourner House, women’s transitional living facility in Portsmouth, recently held a graduation for some the residents. Left to right: Darlene Blythe, assistant director of Sojourner House, and graduates, Stephanie Young, Betty Jo Carlin, Krista Locher, Terri Skaggs, not pictured Jessica Hurles, and Anna Wood Jessica Hurles, Anna Wood not pictured
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2016/01/web1_IMG_1471.jpgSojourner House, women’s transitional living facility in Portsmouth, recently held a graduation for some the residents. Left to right: Darlene Blythe, assistant director of Sojourner House, and graduates, Stephanie Young, Betty Jo Carlin, Krista Locher, Terri Skaggs, not pictured Jessica Hurles, and Anna Wood Jessica Hurles, Anna Wood not pictured

By Portia Williams

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