The holiday season is always a time of grateful reflection for me. As I reflect on the last 12 years at The Edna House, I think of its humble beginnings and marvel at its growth and success. As one of the founders, I have had a “front row” view of the generosity of this community— the donors, volunteers, and organizations that have made 12 years of saving lives possible! The Edna House community is truly something to behold. I am honored to write this letter, addressing all the generous supporters that make The Edna House mission possible. I thank you for being a part of it, and I ask you to continue.
The Edna House started in 2004 after Nancy O’Donnell and I met a woman struggling with alcoholism who wanted to be sober, but her living situation made it nearly impossible. We tried to find a treatment center for her, but without $1,500 cash, a referral from the justice system or private insurance, she had no options. The inspiration for The Edna House was born out of this experience. The only requirement for admission to the Edna House is the desire to get sober – regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. We do not take private insurance or government funding. Your generosity makes this opportunity possible for those who would otherwise have little, if any, options.
Our mission is simple – to give a woman a chance at a new life by providing a safe, sober place to live. She does the work, we provide the chance. This simple approach has proven extremely effective - 85% of the women who complete our program get sober and stay sober. Completion of the program is essential for continued sobriety.
We are making an impact, you are making an impact. Let’s continue. You are a part of a mission that is working.
In times of confusion, death and an opiate epidemic, we know what to do. We know how to help. We must continue to do so. Women, families, children, our society need us to stay the course and be there for those most in need.
At the beginning of each board meeting, we pray. We pray for the woman, the one woman most in need. The woman who has the desire to change, but she does not have the means. It is no exaggeration to say her life may hang in the balance. She may be dying to get in. Her family waits in desperation and prays for help. They constantly fear her death. We pray for that woman. The Edna House started with a desire to help one woman. Thanks to you, we have helped nearly 1,000 women. Please continue to help us make this possible.
- Erin Becker, Co-Founder and Board Chair