Pay it Forward: Women support each other on journey to sobriety at Women's Retreat House

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Pay it Forward: Women support each other on journey to sobriety at Women's Retreat House (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — For the past 11 years, the Women's Retreat House in Ogden has helped women struggling with addiction.

"We just take their lives from what they used to be, and bring them to a life of serenity and peace," said Cathie McGregor Critchlow, a member of the nonprofit's founding board.

Women live in the house anywhere from 30-90 days and work on the 12 steps of recovery together.

"We've helped over 1200 women," Critchlow said.

The founders and volunteers are women who have struggled with addiction themselves.

The women who come through the house come from all walks of life and have their own unique story.

Some of them have tried different treatments or tried to recover on their own.

"I'd been through multiple in-patient and out-patient facilities," said Sierra Magill, a former resident.

But they've been able to make the needed changes with the help of the Women's Retreat House.

"I knew I needed something more than just my own attempts, and this did it for me," said Whitney Duncan, another former resident.

One key to the success of their recovery is the support from the other women in the house.

"The relationships that I've made with the women here I think are probably one of the most important things in my recovery," Magill said.

It's what makes the program unique.

"If a woman is willing, we have the solution," Critchlow said.

After helping so many, the Women's Retreat House now needs help from the community.

"It's time for us to move and expand and change," said Critchlow.

They have been leasing their building from the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese for the last 10 years, but the Diocese has found a need for the building.

The Women's Retreat House has about a year to find or build a new location.

"We need funds and we need people with skills that can come and help us," said Critchlow.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help get them started.

On Saturday, September 15th, there will be a "Count Me In" event to kick off fundraising events.

It will be from 4-6:30pm on the front lawn of the facility. There is a dinner, speaker meeting, and more.

For more information, you can visit the Women's Retreat House's website.

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