Half way house on Buffalo’s east side is changing women’s lives

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local program is helping troubled women live a better life.

The New Life Residential Center says there’s a waiting list for housing. They say there’s a huge demand for their services, especially as the drug epidemic continues.

Saturday hundreds visited the half way house on the east side of Buffalo as they draw awareness to the work they’re doing for the women that need it most.

NLRC resident, Katherine McManus says the half way house is changing her life for the better. “I was in addiction, so it was very faced paced, in and out of jail and in and out of trouble with the law.”

The NLRC provides women a safe place to live when coming out of jail, rehab or homelessness. The program helps women recovering from heroin, opiate addictions, alcoholism and domestic violence.

“Addiction is a disease and it affects the whole family, so if we get a woman to come out of jail instead of spending that time in jail and help her address her drug problems and turn that whole thing around, then the whole family gets help,” said Margaret Hamilton, Founder and CEO of NLRC.

The half way house houses 10 women for at least three months. They have a strict schedule involving counseling and education.

“Most of them come here and don’t want to be here, however they don’t want to be out where they came from so when they come in they’re kicking and screaming,” said Tina Coon, director of NLRC.

The women that live in the house say it’s like a sisterhood with each one supporting one another.

“I’m clean now, you know I go to counseling, I’m going to get my mental health issues fixed and trying to get my life together,” said Tanya Tomlin, resident.

“I’m going back to college now. It’s changed my life for the better and I’m excited to go in the next journey of my life,” said McManus.

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