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Walter Hoving Home helps women fighting to get their lives back

Beth Fisher

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Walter Hoving Home helps women fighting to get their lives back

CREATED Jan. 13, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It looks like an ordinary house but inside ten women share two bedrooms and a kitchen and spend their days reading the Bible and learning about what drove them to alcohol or drugs.

Addicted to everything, Nicole went to church one day and heard about the Walter Hoving Home. She's been in the program for about nine months.

Each of the brave women at the home is a recovering addict and so is their director, Sylvia Marchael, who was once a resident here.

"It's never too late to change your life. I'm a shining example of that. I am one of God's miracles. I had a drug addiction for 23 years," said Marchael.

Elsie and John Benton opened the first Walter Hoving Home for women in 1967 in New York. Elsie said, "So many of the women have been broken and hurt, but God just comes to heal the past and gives them a future."

The 80-year-old couple has seen their mission grow.

Now, in addition to New York, there's a Walter Hoving Home in Pasadena and one in Las Vegas. Ours has a waiting list.

Founder John Benton said, "What kind of success rate do you have? 84-percent who complete the program won't go back. But the problem is getting them to stay. We have a 75-percent drop-out rate."

Nicole said that's because it's hard work. It's hard to face past mistakes and the pain you've caused those you love.

"It's hard. Yeah. It is hard. It's hard to face their past and face everything they've gone through. But there is hope and there is a future."

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