The Path to Recovery: Women fighting addiction find a safe haven at Path of Grace

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Charlie Earles founded the Canaan Recovery Foundation in the spring of 2007 with the help of John Crunk, after seeing an unmet need in the area. Since its inception, it has helped close to 50 women beat addiction. Many recovery programs such as Haven House and Waterfront Mission were only available to men, leaving women with little options. The Canaan Recovery Foundation gives women the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Women stay in the Path of Grace house for a minimum of six months and can continue in the program as long as two years.  Although they are asked to pay a $600 upfront fee, women who do not have the funds are never turned away, said managing director Eddie Mansfield.

"We really cater to anyone," he said. "Our residents don't really want to leave and we love that fact because the longer they stay the better the chances are of them staying sober longer. It takes a long time to change."

Once a woman has stayed in the program for six months, she is entitled to a small amount of money to use at her disposal each month. Therapy, doctor visits, food and housing is all free to women in recovery. As the program progresses, the Canaan Recovery program sets up a savings account for each woman, so that when she graduates and leaves the Path of Grace home, she has something to start her life afresh with.

"We didn't always put money away," Mansfield explained. "We were able to start that about 18 months ago. So many women were leaving the program broke. As we saw the need, we learned. The program is always evolving."

Another evolution is the organization's purchase of transitional houses. Right now, the program has two. With these properties, families can be reunited while women are still receiving treatment.

"We love the fact that we helped Kristy get her kids back," Mansfield said. "I would like to see us building more transitional homes in the future."

  ‘A whole new way of life’



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