How one city is brewing funds to fight addiction

MINDEN-- - "I grew up with family that did drugs and alcohol and that was normal to me and that's the lifestyle I chose for myself," says Sara Holloway, Program Participant.

Wanting to turn her life around, Sara Holloway joined the Minden Adult and Teen Challenge Program.

Women in the program go through a free,18-month course to overcome addiction.

"We just want to provide an environment for them where they can get closer to god and begin to heal those things that are in their heart that they probably never worked on," says Andy Jenkins, Minden Adult & Teen Challenge Family Center Director.

During the last month of the program, participants have to complete a work study or internship.

Program director, Andy Jenkins, thought of a neat way for participants to finish strong.

"We are always looking for ways to raise money and our men's center in Dodson roasts their own coffee. So, I had a thought of opening up a coffee shop in Minden," says Jenkins.

Jenkins says this will be Minden's first coffee shop and will give women a fresh start in life.

"The whole goal is for people to live in their communities and be productive citizens, to be part of the community, and we want this coffee shop to be part of that process," says Jenkins.

All proceeds will go right back into the program.

"We want to keep the doors open. We don't ever want to charge someone to come to our program," says Jenkins.

Holloway hopes her time at the coffee shop can help other women fighting addiction.

"It's good to know that somebody helped me in doing this, and getting here, getting my life straight, and being able to be a mom to my daughter. I want that for everybody," says Holloway.

The shop is expected to open on April 8th.


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