Jubilee House Offers Hope, Healing


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Kicking any kind of habit is hard to do, especially when it's smoking, drinking, or taking drugs. But local women are finding hope at Jubilee House.

At any one time, between eight and eleven women are living at Jubilee House while battling their drug and alcohol abuse problems. Maresha Schmakeit entered Jubilee House after moving here from Washington State.

Recent graduate Schmakeit says, "A lot of forgiving myself of the last 15 years of pretty hardcore drug use. I had a lot of guilt and shame that I was carrying that I just couldn't let go of for a really long time that it was a process to get rid of."

The program will be celebrating its fifth birthday in February, and during that time roughly two dozen women have graduated from Jubilee House. One woman said while she was addicted, she said she'd go to a drug treatment program if it was free, and Jubilee House is.

Graduate Cheryl Weiss says, "It helped me recover from my addictions, and realize the person that God wanted me to be, that I wasn't that bad of a person. And helped me reconnect with my family and my daughter."

Weiss says she was scared at first, because she didn't know what to expect from Jubilee House, but it ended up being one of the best years of her life. She now works on the part time staff at Jubilee House, and stays there overnight in case any of the women need anything.

Schmakeit says, "For using and being in addiction for so long, you need that time to heal from everything and work through everything. And get your priorities straight, and get your life focused on Jesus. Then everything else falls into place."

Nov. 19, 2012.

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