“I regard The Cedar House as a long term recovery, one-stop-option for each woman to re-build–personally, socially, financially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. The Cedar House is a resource moving along in the full spectrum of recovery. What better place for this to occur than in mid-America, in the country, where meeting new people comes easily; where the culture is designed to pitch in, help out, and become one’s best in each moment in the process? The sleeves of both my heart and hands are rolled up and committed in the life of The Cedar House as: spirituality leader, mental health clinician, and “jill of many trades” week to week; day by day.” – Loretta J.
“My youngest son died in a car accident when he was trying to get home. He and I had been walking thru recovery together and he had relapsed. When his car went off the bridge he was just 5 miles from home. I couldn’t save him but I can help someone’s daughter, someone’s sister or mother to make it home safely those last 5 miles. That’s what The Cedar House means to me getting someone home safe thru those last 5 miles.” – Patti O.
“The Cedar House has shown me the powerful necessity of communion. The residents enter into the house receiving Grace and slowly begin to give it away and see it as the divine economy that is life changing.” – Tim
“I have always felt out of place. Walking into The Cedar House I found my sense of belonging. People who knew my day to day struggles. They did not judge, instead they embraced me. Without this community I would not be alive today. They have shown me a new way of living.” – Kendra
“When I came to The Cedar House, after treatment, I was broken and lost. I was introduced and welcomed into the fellowship, the community and a spiritual way of living; All within The Cedar House saved my life. After just over a year I have a more positive outlook on life. I have been very blessed.” – Elizabeth
“When I interviewed for acceptance into the Cedar House, I knew that I needed a place to improve myself and find spirituality, or I would not stay sober – and the girls convinced me that they had experienced all of that and more. So have I. Lessons are learned just by staying present in the opportunities presented to me, whether it be gardening, 12 step meetings, conversations, working, or volunteering. I have been blessed with the opportunity to live in this space, and there is enough here – of everything! I am grateful to be well on my way to a new, sober, blessed life.” – Becky
“When I first came to The Cedar House I had no idea what a true friend really was ever in my life. Sure I had friends in high school but they were never there when things got rough. I’m the first girl ever who has been able to leave and come back into the house and with that being said these girls have shown me what a real friend is. They saved my life AGAIN. This program is about progress and learning to care for others, taking the ism (I, self, and me) out of alcoholism. There is so much more to learn and every day is a new beginning. I just hope and pray these friendships will always stay.” – Kelsie
“As a substance abuse counselor, I am thrilled to have a place to send the women who leave our facility. I know when they go to the Cedar House that, without a doubt, they are going to be well taken care of. I have not seen a place that takes care of the body, mind and spirit as the Cedar House does. They offer good fellowship with each other and encourage the women in the vicinity to join with them. As a board member I am proud of what has been created and the vision of what is to come.” – Lisa P.
“My journey at the Cedar House has been an amazing spiritual experience. I have learned to be humble, to help other people, to be in a community and learn new things. My favorite new learning is gardening, which brings me peace. I have 15 months clean and sober and I have the recovery house and God to thank. I have tried to be sober so many times in my life and have failed. Along with my sponsor and all the programs The Cedar House has to offer, I believe in my “New” sober life every day. No more lies. I now know I have a purpose.” – Renee
“Living in the Cedar House has provided me the structure I so desperately needed for my recovery along with the sisterhood, friendships, fellowship and how to live my life one day at a time. I have Now learned many new tools to take away and live a sober happy life. My spirituality and personal relationship with God is SO much more than I ever imagined possible. I am eternally grateful that God led me to the Cedar House. I now have hope for the first time for a new life and founding out who I truly am. ” – Brina
“At the Cedar house women learn to become more self-sufficient by having responsibility. This applies to myself as I have made myself accountable to the Cedar House Foundation. They become productive members of society by volunteering in the CH food bank, getting jobs and learning new skills. Lastly, I feel they get a sense of LOVE from community from women of the Cedar House and Sisters of Serenity. I have learned that nothing heals my heart more than being with women. This is the most important element for me. Working with the women is a joy to me and very important to my own recovery. I wouldn’t be where I am today. Being at the Cedar House I have learned to heal, love and befriend all over again.” – Christina B.