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Missoula nonprofit provides safe place for women to overcome addiction

MISSOULA – Just off 7th Street in Missoula, you’ll find the Yellow House, full of young women who find hope within their reach.

Brandi Hodgin, an Adult and Teen Challenge resident who is about to graduate from the program, says her addiction began after surgery when she was 24. Brandi has been arrested over 60 times, been trafficked and, as she says, broken.

“I came here so broken,” Hodgin said. “I have no idea who I was. People came to pray with me. And I was like, I’m going to die like, it’s not – I’m not okay.”

But according to her words, God has a different plan for her.

“But I didn’t die,” Hodgin said. “And I did. I never have to do it again.”

For over 20 years it has been a safe place for women in recovery. For program director Jana Roberts, she saw the growing need for this type of program in Missoula.

Within seven months, the house went from almost 50% occupancy to full with 18 ladies.

Here’s how Roberts explains the purpose of the Adult and Teen Challenge:

“To have people fully restored to be an active member of society, part of their family and fully able to live their lives to the fullest,” she said.

And this is accomplished through a 12-18 month commitment, with classroom work, counseling, chores and devotional time.

But most importantly, it’s done with love and reconciliation.

“I can say this program is a program of reconciliation and restoration,” Hodgin told MTN News.

The Adult and Teen Challenge needs volunteers. You can find these details here.