CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Lengthy earlier than social distancing and mask-wearing was commonplace, many individuals have been battling drug dependancy, however due to the type coronary heart of certainly one of our Outstanding Lady nominees, they don’t should face that disaster alone.
Cheryl Legal guidelines is the founding father of Cafe Appalachia. Inside, one factor separates the workers out of your common restaurant. The ladies behind the counter are recovering from substance abuse dysfunction.
“It’s a social enterprise for the ladies. They prepare right here for the job expertise,” stated Legal guidelines.
Autumn McCraw was a kind of ladies. Substance abuse dysfunction took her to all-time low. “I’m a survivor of human trafficking; I’m simply a kind of sort of addicts that was residing on the streets.” McCraw discovered herself in jail a number of instances. She even misplaced custody of her teenage daughter.
However these days are nothing however a nasty reminiscence now. McCraw says discovering Cafe Appalachia was Devine intervention. “I keep in mind strolling on this constructing and it was so lovely prefer it simply took my breath away and that very immediate, I knew that that is the place I used to be imagined to be, God was main my path God was main me right here for no matter purpose and I simply knew it.”
Legal guidelines could have dodged the bullet that’s dependancy, however her expertise helped her relate to the ladies who weren’t so fortunate. “As I did some soul-searching alone, I spotted I had an issue. I did medication once I was youthful and by no means took my entire life.”
McCraw believes Legal guidelines is a lifesaver. “She’s not simply saving lives, she’s bettering the standard of the saved lives.”
Legal guidelines love and compassion for these fallen on onerous instances reaches past the partitions of Cafe Appalachia. She’s additionally credited with creating Pollen8, a program targeted on the reintegration of ladies in restoration again into society.
She’s additionally the CEO of Appalachian Behavioral Well being Care, a 24/7 supervised residential facility offering therapy for ladies with 30 beds.
“They’ll stay there and it’s a 6-month program after which whereas they’re in that program they’ll get therapy for the underlying reason behind dependancy, so their childhood trauma, so then we put them at week six they begin a coaching program and that’s the place their social enterprising comes into play.”
What’s really distinctive about Legal guidelines is her relentless willpower to assist those that really feel deserted by the remainder of the world and have nowhere else to show.
The truth is, McCraw now works for the ‘West Virginia Alliance of Restoration Residences,’ the place she helps decide if restoration companies are enough sufficient for these looking for therapy.
“She takes the time to see what’s inside folks’s hearts she has affected change and never simply my life however many many different ladies’s lives.”