Boise's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Boise, Idaho | KTVB.com

7Cares Idaho Shares: Jubilee House helps woman struggling with drug, alcohol addiction

Generous donations from across Idaho help keep Jubilee House up and running for women in need.

TWIN FALLS — Every year thousands of Idahoans give during 7Cares Idaho Shares, and charities around the Treasure and Magic valleys couldn't be more thankful.

This week leading up to 7Cares, KTVB is helping to show the impact that the community’s generous donations have.

One place your donations go is the Jubilee House in Twin Falls.

"When I was ready to get out of jail I didn't even know where I was going to start. Thanks to this place I was able to start and focus on myself, and my healing," said Jubilee House resident Isela Okelverry.

Since serving her sentence, Okelverry has found new hope here at a special home in Twin Falls, the Jubilee House.

EVENT GUIDE: 7Cares Idaho Shares 2018

"I found a lot of things here, especially my healing," said Okelverry.

The Jubilee House is a 12-month, faith-based program that helps women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. They live here together, learning and growing towards the goal of putting their lives on a new track.

"This is a tough program, no doubt I'm not going to tell you that it isn't, it is. But, it's very worthwhile to put yourself through it," said Jubilee House mom Tamera Switzer.

Over the last three years, Switzer has watched women here totally reinvent themselves.

"To watch them take that step again and again and again is just overwhelming because each time they do, it gets easier for them," said Switzer.

But the truth is, it isn't always easy.

"Why? Because you were focused on something else. Not you, not the world, not God, not the people around you who love you and care for you. Why? Because you are involved in drugs, explains Okelverry. "This program, it is hard, don't get me wrong, it's not just pink clouds. No, it’s hard."

Through hard work, and a rigorous routine, Women like Okelverry are able to get a new lease on life.

"You see that young person, that young woman, with all her potential and a job giving back into the community instead of taking from the community," said Switzer.

The Jubilee House is a nonprofit that doesn't receive any government funding. Because of that the women living here, recreating their lives, rely mostly on community support. Support like 7Cares Idaho Shares.

For that support, the Jubilee House is incredibly grateful.

"The way that we are able to keep our programming and not worry about the things from the outside, so it means a lot," said Okelverry.