Melissa (Mo) and her mom pulled up to The Pink House. It was 2009. Mo had just gotten out of addiction treatment and knew Healing House was were she belonged.
Mo suffered from anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Living at Healing House meant Mo had to get off her narcotic medication. Rather than this sending her deeper into mental illness, this “forced everything to the light.” “I noticed my anxiety was leaving me,” Mo recalled.
The structure and discipline of the homes lent safety and accountability. Being immersed in recovery, Mo observed, “Taught me how to live day-to-day. I learned how to do things that, before, I only knew how to do drunk….like having fun.”
After a year at Healing House, Mo was asked to be a house manager. “I didn’t want to be a leader,” Mo admitted. She eventually accepted the role she’d serve in for the next two years. Reflecting, Mo realized, “I had to go through leadership to be delivered from things that were holding me in bondage.”
In January 2013, after earning a management position at a retail store, Mo transitioned to an apartment. She married in July 2013 and she and her husband, Jason, successfully transitioned out of Healing House after purchasing a home in North Kansas City.
Healing House is grateful to have Jason and Mo’s continued involvement with the organization even as they balance work and family life.