By Nathan Baker
With a new office and a new state certificate, a new treatment program hopes to give local hard-lucked women a new lease on life.
Angelee Murray, co-founder of Red Legacy Recovery, said the organization’s new downtown Elizabethton office at 713 E. Elk Ave. will provide a physical point of contact to the women it serves.
“It gives our women a place to go when they’re released from jail,” Murray said. “A lot of times when they get out, they don’t know where they’re going to live, what they’re going to do for money or how they’re going to get their kids back.”
She said that’s when Red Legacy steps in, offering skills training, substance abuse counseling and general support for dozens of women in Carter County.
And the numbers continue to grow.
Since the inception of the organization more than a year ago, the number of Red Legacy’s full-time program participants has grown to 40 women, and Murray said more are recruited each week from inside the jail.
Initially started to provide self-esteem building, money management and parenting skills classes to women incarcerated in the Carter County Jail, the organization has since branched out to offer post-release services as well.
With the new Elizabethton location, Murray said Red Legacy plans to offer information and support classes for the friends and families of those recently jailed.