Reclamation House still going strong during pandemic

Reclamation House still going strong during pandemic

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Reclamation House, a group living facility for women post-drug rehabilitation or incarceration, opened up in 2016. Even with the coronavirus pandemic, the house is still going strong.

Executive Director Cathy Frans says that the pandemic has thrown them a few problems. When it began, they had 16 new women in the house.

At first, it was difficult to find them jobs, but within a month, they were able to get everyone in the house employed.

Frans says that they have overcome every obstacle the pandemic has caused, and she is thankful that they have not had any COVID-19 cases.

“Reclamation House gives these women a chance to reclaim their lives, and these women are just like you and me, and they’ve had some bad luck, they’ve made bad choices, but they’re redeemable,” said Frans. “I think it’s really important to have a safe environment for these women.”

Frans says that they have implemented a strict cleaning routine.

They sanitize all light switches, doorknobs, and other surfaces twice a day.

She says they are doing everything they can to keep all occupants healthy and remain open to continue changing lives.

“This place has changed my whole life. It made me a better person. It allowed me to build a relationship with my family. I have a relationship with my parents, my daughter, now that I never had before,” said Kendall Prewett, Reclamation House member.

“Before I came here, I didn’t have much hope for my sobriety just because I’ve always done the same old thing. I feel a lot more hopeful for my future of getting to and staying sober and keeping a job and getting my life together,” said Juanita Cornette, Reclamation House member.

Frans says that the community has been very generous throughout the pandemic with donations.

They are always in need of hygiene items, socks, and cleaning supplies.

To find out more about resources offered at the Reclamation House or how to make a donation, click here.

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