$51,015 raised from 354 donors
"I can’t say enough about the Barbara Brooks Transition House and Ms Debbie. I came to the house lost and hopeless, and I had no confidence I could actually heal from trauma or be a productive member of society. I was out of options, it was ‘stay clean or die’. Then I moved about 2 hours from home in order to try to change. From the moment I arrived, I was shown so much love, caring, and empathy, and I healed slowly. I saw myself differently, and I acted differently. I stayed at the house for over 3 1/2 years, and in that time became a productive member of society again, learned how to have functional interpersonal relationships not based around substances, and the best part?? In January of 2021 I became a first time homeowner!! I can never repay Ms Debbie, my roommates, and the board of the house for showering me with love and opportunities when I did not believe I was deserving of any of it.
Even after moving out of the house. I feel ready for life’s challenges, and I never miss an opportunity to be grateful.”
“Coming to the Barbara Brooks house was nothing short of a miracle for me. Upon walking into the house, it was truly a sanctuary, a real home. Prior to coming to the Brooks home, I was first incarcerated and then placed on home confinement. I needed a space to rebuild my life and my mind. While living under Ms. Debbie’s care and the Brooks' roof, I was able to cultivate strong female relationships and develop an even stronger sober support network. Ms. Debbie was more than a role model, she provided encouragement, support, and daily structure that allowed me the safety and comfort to get both my feet planted firmly back on the ground. I found the ability and strength to secure gainful employment at Mid South Audio. After living at the house for one year, I was able to move into a single family home and find an economical vehicle to maintain on my own. The Barbara Brooks house fostered my growth and my recovery, which has led me on to Nashville, TN where, I am now in a creative writing class and yoga teacher training course. Because of my beginnings at the Barbara Brooks House, I now have the courage and gratitude to follow my dreams in recovery.”
- 42 year old J H states:
"The Barbara Brooks House truly saved my life. Miss Debbie and the Barbara Brooks House gave me a safe, supportive home to begin my journey of Recovery.
- 46 year old K H states:
Every step of the way Miss Debbie helped myself and all the women gain employment, provide transportation for work, meetings, doctor appointments, but the most is the sense of home and family that the Barbara Brooks House provides.
I had exhausted all family of my own through my alcoholism. The Barbara Brooks House and Miss Debbie gave me a chance to begin a new and better life, when no one else had any more time or energy for me.
The Barbara Brooks House gave me hope when I thought I had none left. Miss Debbie Believed in me before I believed in myself. For that I am eternally grateful.
I have over two years sobriety now, a full-time job, and my own home with my son. None of this would of happened without all the support that The Barbara Brooks house provides along with the love and support of Miss Debbie.
"The Barbara Brooks house wasn’t just a house, it was a home.... Everyone was so supportive, especially Ms. Debbie.... She encouraged me to take my DUI classes, and get my license back. Which eventually led me to getting a car, ALL on my own! She helped me when it came to managing my money, which also led me to recently moving out, into my own apartment. The Barbara Brooks house was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life....I got my second chance..... Thanks to Ms. Debbie and the Barbara Brooks House!!!!"
- 33 year old K T states:
Mission: The Barbara K. Brooks Transition House assists vulnerable women in southern Delaware by providing safe, sober housing, supporting them to grow and to become empowered independent sober citizens.
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