President and Founder of the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House, Debbie Short, says, “The not-for-profit organization was created by my deep desire to honor the memory of my sister, Barbara Brooks, a lifetime nurse, who deeply cared about the health and welfare of Delawareans, specifically women’s health. About 18 months after she passed away, the home welcomed its first resident, and has continued to help over 40 women in transition. Each individual woman comes to the house with a different set of circumstances, and personal goals for the future. Their individual needs all have one thing in common, the support they require to become successful.”
Debbie says most women who come to the Barbara K. Transition House are dealing with addiction problems, but many also suffer from mental and physical traumas. She says, “Most often, mental illness manifests.”
Debbie says every penny donated to the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House positively impacts women in recovery, because the organization is 100% made up of volunteers. Debbie says, “Our vision for 2020 is to continue to provide women with scholarships for housing as required, employment counseling, transportation to and from work, and a structured living environment. It would be wonderful if the women could afford to cover the expenses as they learn to budget their earnings, however, utilizing funding through generous donors, we keep their costs low so they can save money toward their futures and their individual goals.”
You have an opportunity to support the mission of the Barbara K. Brooks Transition House by participating in the United Way’s Do More 24 Delaware campaign. It starts on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m., and ends on Friday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. If you can help, click here.