Jubilee House in Twin Falls helps women overcome addiction

Jubilee House in Twin Falls helps women overcome addiction

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 7:22 PM

TWIN FALLS – Overcoming addiction and finding the strength to change, that's the goal of the Jubilee House in Twin Falls.

There are several organizations that do their part to make our community one of the best places to live. Every year KTVB teams up with many of those organizations for Cares Day, which is this Saturday December 7.

Leading up to the event we will highlight the organizations on the receiving end of your generosity. Those organizations are The Salvation Army, Boise Rescue Mission, Idaho Foodbank and the Jubilee House.

Today we look at the Jubilee House in Twin Falls.

The Jubilee House is a 1,700 square foot home where six women live full-time. They eat together, study together and they're all trying to recover together.

From the outside the home looks inconspicuous, but what happens inside is incredible.

"It's hard work. Looking at yourself and dealing with your issues is hard work," said Kathryn Bausman, Jubilee House Executive Director.

That hard work, coupled with a spiritual foundation is how this program, specifically for women, has a success rate of 75 percent.

"Women need help, and they need a place to go and the time to heal," said Bausman.

Bausman says that number looks even more impressive when compared to the average success rate of 2-18 percent found in secular programs.

"I am so grateful to be here. I am so glad I stayed. There were many times I wanted to walk out that door," said Danielle Smania, a resident at the Jubilee House.

Smania hopes to be one of the success stories. She's been sober and in the house for the last eight months.

"Before I got here I was so full of just self hatred and unworthiness. I was just dead inside," said Smania.

While each of the women currently in the program has battled different addictions, they've all abused prescription drugs and at some point committed drug related crimes. 

"I had lost hope, completely. I had no hope that I could ever get better," said Lesley Wendling, recovering at Jubilee House.

During their 12 months in the program they change.

"I have learned over the last eight months that I am forgiven for my sin and I am learning to forgive myself," said Smania.

And to those that fund this program with an annual budget of just over $100,000, the women appreciate the donations.

"Thank you for saving my life and saving my family's lives. Thank you is not even enough, and I really appreciate it," said Smania.

"It's not just giving to a faceless organization, I mean it really does change lives and I've seen it," said Wendling.

If you want more information on Jubilee House, click here.

Saturday December 7th, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. we'll broadcast live from three locations in the Treasure Valley and one location in the Magic Valley.

In the Treasure Valley, come see us at the KTVB studio on Fairview Avenue in Boise. If you live in Eagle, drop by the Fred Meyer on Chinden Boulevard. In Canyon County, go to the Idaho Center in Nampa.

In the Magic Valley, come by the Fred Meyer on Blue Lakes Boulevard.

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