LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Six-month-old Zjler is a happy baby.
"He grows every day. He's my light,” Danielle Adamovic said about her son.
Adamovic almost did not get to see her son grow up because she was in jail and facing a 10-year prison sentence when she found out she was pregnant.
"I didn't know what was going to happen to my baby, if I was ever even going to meet him,” Adamovic said.
When she just 14 years old, she became addicted to drugs and that led her to a life in and out of jail.
"The drugs felt good. They made everything feel good. From the first time I did drugs, I thought I wanted them for the rest of my life. I never wanted to be without them again," Adamovic said.
She felt that way until she met Carla Grantt, the founder and CEO of Mary’s House of Restoration in Little Rock.
"I saw a light bulb go on and she said, ‘I want to come to Mary's House,’” Grantt said about Adamovic.
Mary’s House is a transitional living home for women suffering from the disease of addiction. Grantt started it after she, too, suffered from the disease of addiction. Grantt said she lived addicted to drugs for two decades before finding help at the Friendship House in Kansas City. She has now based her program's model off of the Friendship House.
Women who are drug and alcohol addicts can live at Mary’s House. The facility is also equipped to house at least two women with children at a time.
Carrie Truett said Mary’s House worked for her.
"I was very broken, hopeless and I needed somebody," Truett said.
She came to Mary’s House after doing time in jail.
"The last time that I was incarcerated, I lost my daughter to foster care for some bad choices that I made," she said. “It [drugs] finally took its toll when it took my daughter."
Truett put in the hard work, learning that she was not worthless and that she could change. After spending months at Mary’s House, she graduated from the program, moved out on her own and received custody of her daughter. She still attends evening group sessions at Mary’s House.
“Anybody that knows me here in Little rock, Arkansas, knows if they see me today, they know that I'm a different person, completely different. This place has completely turned my life around," she said.
As for Adamovic, a judge recently gave her a sentence of three years of probation and six additional months at Mary’s House instead of a ten year prison sentence.
Mary’s House can currently fit up to ten women, but Grantt’s goal is to one day have a larger house that fits more women. If you would like to help, you can contact Grantt at 501-952-9764 or mail donations to P.O. Box 193504, Little Rock, Arkansas 72219.
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