TULSA, Okla. — Escaping addiction or abuse can be terrifying and difficult, especially when there are children involved, but women who make it to a Tulsa non-profit have a really good chance of staying on the right path.
Tonight's Tell Me Something Good is about all the good that's happening at the Lindsey House.
"To be honest with you, I can remember saying that I'd always be a drug addict. I didn't really think there was anything more for me," said Nicole Eddy, a graduate of Lindsey House.
Eddy says she spent most of her life in addiction, got into some serious trouble, and lost custody of her kids, a day she will never forget.
She recalled, "My mom coming to David L. Moss and sliding that paper across the counter to me and signing my children over to her."
But life took a turn for the better when Eddy was given the opportunity to come to Lindsey House.
It's a long-term facility for homeless women and children, serving Tulsa for 10 years.
Lindsey House CEO Tiffany Egdorf says the goal is to "take you from dependence to complete and total independence."
Egdorf says Lindsey's House has helped almost 120 women, and hundreds of children get off the street and back on their feet.
There are four full-time employees. They help women focus on three things, including life skills, financial literacy and workplace proficiency.
"One of the really unique things about our program is we do everything one on one," Egdorf said.
Caseworkers meet with the women, help them find jobs, give them chores, and even assign homework.
"We learn how to budget, we learn how to interact with our kids again and in a healthy environment," said Jyme Felix, a Lindsey House client.
On average, women and their children stay for about 18 months.
There are 13 apartments sponsored by corporations or individuals with another 20 apartments in a new building coming this spring.
"Every woman coming into the program gets a fully furnished apartment," said Egdorf, which allows families to focus on themselves.
If you would like to learn more about the Lindsey House, click here.
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