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Restaurant celebrates anniversary by giving

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CORNING, AR (KAIT) -

Julie B's in Corning is giving 100% of Friday's profits to the Corning Agape House.

The Agape House is a faith based rehab program that helps women get back on the right path.

Women like Kara Canady, who said it's a miracle she is even alive.

“I was in a bad heroin addiction,” Canady said. “I had tried to get help in Memphis, but I knew I needed long term help.”

That's how Kara Canady ended up at the Agape House in Corning.

“It's completely changed my heart,” Canady said. “I was completely hopeless, and now I'm just excited to live every day.”

It wasn't just the Agape House that supported Canady. Many Agape women have found work and second chances at Julie B's.

“To hear their stories and see what all they've accomplished and all that, it just touches you,” Julie Bauschlicher, owner of Julie B's, said.

Bauschlicher said ever since she had her first Agape employee, she has never had to worry about having enough help in her restaurant.

That is why she is donating 100% of her Friday profits to the Corning Agape House. She said these women have taken a place in her heart.

“I mean I feel like they have helped me, and I want to do something to help them,” Bauschlicher said.

Canady has been sober for five months and will be moving into her own apartment on Saturday.

“Everyone here at Julie B's are her biggest fans,” Bauschlicher said. “I mean we support her in everything.”

“I have my support group now,” Canady said. “It's been awesome.”

Sunny Curtis, executive director of the Agape House, said she is thrilled for the donation. The more money they receive, the more women they can help.

“They say the Agape House changed their life, but God changed their life through the Agape house,” Curtis said.

Curtis said the Corning facility has only been open about two years, and they don't receive as much support as the Oak Grove location. Curtis said that's why this donation is so important.

The money will be used to maintain the Corning facility and hopefully help to expand the organization.

With the help from Agape and Julie B's, Canady said she finally feels like she can put her past behind her.

“Just having the people to understand, maybe they haven't been in your shoes but they can see that you are really trying," Canady said. "Just to give you that chance to get back out into the world." 

Julie B's is having several specials on Friday and will start taking call-in orders as early as 8 a.m.

Julie B's is located at 410 N. Mission Ave. in Corning, AR.

Bauschlicher said she doesn't want any praise or attention for the donation. She simply wants to help an organization that she said deserves the help.

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