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Halfway house women find shelter through local business owner


At 11 o’clock Friday morning, the women of a local shelter found themselves homeless, again. They had been living at a motel since losing their permanent home in a fire early Tuesday morning. Everyone managed to get out safely with very little of their belongings. The Red Cross put them up in a motel, but just till the end of the week.

New Beginnings member, Jolyn Rutter said, “We may have lost our home, but by us staying together it is making us stronger.”

Staying together is crucial. The house that caught fire is the New Beginnings Recovery Home. It used to house ten women who are all trying to live a sober life, together. “I just know with the bond we have, as long as we stay together, we’ll be ok,” said New Beginnings director, Sonya Cauley.

“All of us being in recovery, this has been a test of our faith above anything else,” said Rutter.

Their faith may have paid off. Wilmington business owner Denny Nagle heard what happened to their home and decided to do something about it. He is paying for the women to stay in another area hotel for a week.

“Somebody had to help them. I didn’t want them to be out on the street,” Nagle said.

Cauley added, “Even though we have done things because of our disease and our addiction and we’ve been cast out as whatever, the public sees that these women are trying to do something positive with their life and get back on track.” A track that will hopefully lead them to a new beginning, in yet another new home.

Denny Nagle owns a roofing company in Wilmington. He said depending on how business goes, he will offer to pay for another week in the hotel for the women.

If you would like to help, a charity fund is set up at the First Bank near Landfall. Just ask to contribute to New Beginnings Recovery Homes Incorporated.

The New Beginnings program has been helping women since 2001.

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videoImagine losing your home in a fire, then a few days later, losing your temporary one. That is what a local women’s group went through this week.

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