New women's shelter to open in Huntsville

Fresh Start Life Recovery will open a transitional home.

This is the first of its kind program of its in Huntsville called "Fresh Start Life Recovery. The seven-thousand square foot facility where there will be bedrooms for 10 to 15 women to stay.

Posted: Aug. 3, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 6:34 PM

There will soon be a new place in Huntsville for women who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and more. WAAY 31 talked to the executive director and learned about the programs they will offer to help women and children get back on their feet.

This is the first of its kind program of its in Huntsville called "Fresh Start Life Recovery. The seven-thousand square foot facility where there will be bedrooms for 10 to 15 women to stay.

"She's going to come in and that evening that she first comes in she's going to come to a bed that has a crown on it and it's going to describe to her who she is and the purpose for her life," said Tracy Gibson the Executive Director for Fresh Start Life Recovery.

Gibson told WAAY 31 she wants the women to feel at home the second they walk through the door which includes their children as well. "We're going to incorporate them into the house. But if we for some reason could not hold them we're going to have social workers that are capable and trained to help find resources for them."

Gibson told me day one in the new facility is when the work starts for the women living there-- which means getting help from professionals. "She's going to be introduced to our counselors who will set up a rigorous trauma informed session for her and a treatment plan. And then she'll go into some of the basic living skill classes."

But it's not just about getting the mental health help they need.The women will learn skills such as budgeting, job training and college prep to get them ready to go back out in the real world-- they'll also take parenting classes from parent-to-parent.

Businesses next door to the future home of "Fresh Start Life" said they're not worried at all about the facility moving in.

"I think it's great they're gonna have a facility and a home for women of domestic violence and a place for them to go," said business owner Martin Smith. "I don't let it bother me. It's not going to stress me out than if a prison was getting built next door."

Right now the program is only a year long. Gibson said they plan to expand the program in the future to be two years instead. Her hope is to put tiny homes in this open space and teach the women how to manage a mortgage and take care of a home.

Fresh Start Life Recovery plans to open their doors next month. They are still looking for volunteers to help get the program off the ground and will kick off with a meeting at Christmas Charities Year Round on August 11th.

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