WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — Mended Hearts Recovery Center, the only one in Winchester, opened its doors Saturday afternoon to anyone who wanted a tour.

The recovery center partners with Tracy’s Re-Entry Residential Center in Lexington and offers women struggling with addiction a chance at a new life. The founders, Chasity and Shawn McCarty, are all too familiar with life on the streets and the journey of getting clean with little help.

“Here we will do peer support classes, have family time and watch recovery films,” Ms McCarty explains. “I chose Winchester because I was born and raised here. I was an avid drug user here in Winchester for 15 years. In and out of the prisons here. Well known in the city, and I feel like this is my way of doing something to give back to the city where I caused the most destruction, and show my city love, because they love me again by letting me be here.’

“We want to provide a place for women after they come out of treatment so they can become independent and get back on their feet,” Mr McCarty says. “I’ve struggled with addiction for over 20 years and been through a lot of treatment. And when I got into rehab a few years ago, there weren’t places like this where I could go and get the basic things I needed.”

The recovery center is free with eight beds, a fully working kitchen, a cozy living room and a large backyard with a three-season room on the patio. The program requires eight weeks of intensive outpatient care, followed by eight weeks of standard outpatient care. Peer-driven support will also be provided, in addition to visits from loved ones on weekends.

Ms McCarty explains how the women will gain crucial life skills to help them get back on their feet and enter the adult world independently.

“So their aftercare includes basic life skills, vocational training, money management and budgeting. We work with Jubilee Jobs, who help them create CVs,” Ms McCarty explains.

There is also a prayer room in the war room where the women can meditate in the morning or during the day as part of their daily routine.

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To make the center feel more like a home and less like an institution, each bedroom has a different color theme in addition to the home’s accent color.

“It’s just a bad decision now that we’re in a situation like this again, so when they come in, the only difference is their sobriety. We try to show them what it’s like to be treated fairly and loved to life. says Mr. McCarty.

“I just want them to know that we believe in them. If they can get one person to believe in them like one person believed in me, they can overcome their addiction and become independent citizens again,” Ms. McCarty said.

To help the program, food, clothing and monetary donations are welcome. For more information you can visit their Facebook page.