The foundation is considered to be the most important part of a building but little is ever considered of the walls. Composed of grit, determination, and life lessons, walls provide the continual support and shelter from storms.
For many, Respite House, a 15-bed halfway house in Valparaiso, Indiana, has provided that shelter. Since 2009, Respite House has provided a 12-step recovery program in a safe, structured, and affordable residential facility where individuals can be free of all mind and mood-altering substances, allowing them the opportunity to find a new way of life.
“It’s amazing what can happen here when drug addicts are truly determined to turn their life around,” said former resident, Herb Stepherson.
Stepherson has been a resident of Respite House four times. He credits his success to his time at Respite House and the local community. Since staying there for a year in 2016, Stepherson has given back any way he can. Having authored a book with a second one underway, Stepherson has given a TED Talk at Valparaiso University, has worked in collaboration with law enforcement, and other addiction agencies as well as school programs. He is even a consultant for the television show Intervention. The nationally certified peer recovery coach says he cannot take all the credit for his success.
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