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Victory Home Hopes To Expand Its Program

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Before Tony Lopez was a pastor, he had plenty of run-ins with the law. But after serving jail time in Twin Falls, he realized he could make a difference in the lives of people by helping them work through the troubles he'd already wrestled with.

Tony Lopez came to Twin Falls to get away from a life of drugs, violence, and gangs in California and Texas. But after running into trouble here, he found the victory home in Texas, which turned his life around. He brought the concept back to Twin Falls.

Lopez says, "From there it just began to grow. In 2009, we began to just take people in, give them a place, and began to teach them some life skills through the Biblical teachings. And began to venture them off, back into the workforce, and put them back in society."

Now there are about 30 people in the Victory Home program. It starts with a 30 day "blackout" residency, followed by getting a job and managing their money, and finally getting them established in the community. Now lopez is hoping to set up shop in the former Community Work Center on Washington Street South.

Lopez says, "It's perfect, it's got a kitchen, a laundry place, it's got living quarters that can be separated. So that's where we're visioning towards in the future, to be able to have our program and a homeless shelter."

The Victory Home costs roughly $4,000 to $5,000 a month to operate. Right now they're selling Christmas trees on the southwest corner of Addison Avenue and Washington Street for their winter fundraiser. You can make a donation of $35 or more and get a tree in return.

Lopez says, "After the candidate phase, we've got people who come in 30 days and we let them try it out. Those people we don't count, because they're people who come and go. But those who truly come into the program, truly come into the home, we're having a 70% success rate.

If you'd like to make a donation to the non-profit Victory Home, you can call them at 733-2002, or visit their website at victoryhomeid.com . You can also mail your donation to Victory Home, P.O. Box 5623, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83303.

Dec. 11, 2012.


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