Transitional house in Redding doubles beds to meet local needs

Jul 22, 2015 8:43 PM by Charlene Cheng

For recovering addicts like Cindy Alford, living alone can lead quickly to a relapse.

"If it was my own house, it would probably have been a drug house at that point. I would've said, "You got the drugs? I got a place," she said.

Since April, she's been a resident at Serenity House, a transitional house in Redding for women overcoming addictions and other hardships.

The organization was started in 2009 by Sharon Smedley, after seeing her granddaughter struggle to get sober.

"It's terrible, it's horrible. When you see the kids, because she's a mother, it's horrible. And to see the kids suffer like that," she said.

The demand for this kind of housing has grown so much that Serenity House has doubled its number of beds.

Smedley just opened a new home off of Girvan Road, in addition to the existing one on Hilltop Drive.

Residents get a safe place to live, and a community of other women fighting similar battles.

"Being here, I get the support of Sharon and the other girls. We all have a common goal, and it's to keep each other clean," Alford said.

Smedley reserves the right to give residents random drug tests, all part of the journey to help regain their independence.

Serenity House is looking for some donations for their new home.

They're in need of dressers and other storage space.

For more information on how to help, you can call Smedley at (530) 605-6078.


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