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POWER’s Woman-Centered Alcohol and Drug Treatment Graduates Honored

POWER’s Woman-Centered Alcohol and Drug Treatment Graduates Honored

The 2014 POWER Promises ~ A Night of Hope event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland. 

POWER Promises will highlight graduates of POWER’s woman-centered alcohol and drug treatment programs whose stories of recovery are a testament to their courage. The event, hosted by Honorary Chairs Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry Bron, will include dinner, auctions and raffles, and entertainment. The evening will also include the presentation of the Seeds of Hope Award to Sherree Goldstein, POWER Board member, Square Café owner, and community volunteer.

This year, we’re also offering chances on a 17” sterling silver Judith Ripka necklace with canary stones. Raffle tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10 each or $25 for three. Participants need not attend to win, but the winner will be drawn at POWER Promises. Continue Reading

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Linda’s Story of Recovery Through POWER

When Linda was 25 she was an overwhelmed single parent of two girls.  She started using alcohol on the weekends as an escape.  That seemed normal to her, because that’s what people did in the household where she grew up.  Then she progressed to sniffing cocaine and to freebasing.  She still didn’t think she had… Continue Reading

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POWER’s Stories of Recovery Are a Testament to Courage

A Night of Hope event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at a new location – Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland. One of Pittsburgh’s premier fundraising events, POWER PROMISES will highlight graduates of the organization’s woman-centered alcohol and drug treatment programs whose stories of recovery are a testament to their courage. The… Continue Reading

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Before & After: Charlotte’s Story

 Before  POWER Charlotte was a typical, happy little girl until the age of six, when she was sexually molested by a friend’s grandfather. Sadly, Charlotte didn’t have counseling and kept what she calls the “indescribable pain” inside. “My spirit was broken,” she says. In her early teens, she discovered alcohol. “It took me outside of myself and… Continue Reading

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Women Share How POWER Changed Their Lives

Before & After  Clean and sober for 19 years, Maria has worked as a nurse, a financial planner, an ordained minister, and a clothing designer.  Before POWER: “I didn’t feel like I was living.” At POWER: “My counselor at POWER told me that I wasn’t a failure, I had a disease.” After POWER: “There are… Continue Reading

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A POWER Success Story, Carla

Carla is a pioneer.   She was one of the first women in Pittsburgh to be hired by U. S. Steel to work in its mills.  She was also one of POWER’s first clients; she entered the halfway house in 1991, the year it opened.  Carla was a steelworker for four years.  First she repaired train… Continue Reading

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Dana, Eight Years Clean and Sober

 SUCCESS STORY: DANA Dana started drinking when she was 11 years old.  Like so many young people, she did it to fit in.  What started as a social activity developed, in Dana’s words, “into a full time job”.  By age 16, she was a heroin addict. Somehow Dana managed to graduate from high school.  Her… Continue Reading

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