Category Archives: Testimonials

Kim B, Member

“When I moved into Avenues 12 Recovery House for Women and I was terrified. Avenues 12 is a very structured and supportive living environment. In my first month I had obtained a job, sponsor, home group, and began my process of working the steps of Narcotics Anonymous. I also began rebuilding my relationships with my family and most importantly my relationship with my son.I lived at Avenues 12 for eighteen months, but instead of just living there as a member I began to work there as a residential manager. Once again the gratitude I feel for what Avenues 12 has taught cannot be put into words. This program helped me transition back into the “real world”. I also now have the opportunity to give back what was so freely given to me with the women I work with on a daily basis. I am beginning college this fall and my life is moving forward.”

Rachel H, Member

“I came into Avenue’s 12 as a broken, fragile and insecure girl. I let drugs and alcohol control my life for numerous years and I had no concept of self respect, morals and values, and most of all I lost for myself along the way. Avenues 12 gave me everything back. I learned how to be responsible, accountable, and develop a solid foundation in recovery. Today, I am a good friend, daughter, sister, partner, employee, a woman of integrity and most of all a productive member of society. I have become to love the person I am today and the life I live and without Avenues 12 I wouldn’t be where I am.”

Emily C, Member

“I spent 8 and a half months living at avenues 12 and it became my home. The girls I lived with became my family. I learned how to be honest and not only accept help, but to ask for it. I learned how to respect myself and others and the value of having true friendships. Avenues pushed me; it wasn’t always easy but the rewards are well worth it. I celebrated my first year sober and I have no doubt that it is because I came here and accepted what they had to offer. Avenues saved my life and then taught me how to live it. I an now attending Florida State University.”

Katherine Foster, MSW, LCSW

“I had all but given up hope that my lovely, intelligent 30 year-old daughter could recover from years of heroin addiction, including a suicide attempt and jail time. After a year at Avenues 12 in a structured, supportive environment, I now have a relationship with my daughter. She has been able to maintain her sobriety for the first time, and she is moving on with all aspects of her life in a positive way. I will be forever grateful to Kay and her staff for their guidance and belief that my daughter could succeed. Even though I live in the Northeast, far from Daytona, there is no question in my mind that my daughter could not have found a better program anywhere in the country.”

Emily F, Member

“Prior to coming to Avenues 12, I was homeless, unemployed, in and out of jail, and estranged from my family. I had been in several treatment programs and detoxes, but had never fared well when I got out and was left to my own devices. Avenues 12 allowed me to build a foundation in recovery in a safe and loving environment. The houses became my home and the women surrounding me became my sisters in sobriety. I learned how to build and maintain healthy relationships, set boundaries, become accountable and responsible, and most importantly, grow up. I truly believe being at Avenues 12 saved my life. I now have a huge recovery network, relationships with my family, and excitement for the future.”

Meg Irish, Director of Marketing, Stars and Stripes

“I have worked with Kay for several years on several projects, the most fruitful of which has been the Avenues 12 Women’s Recovery House, a 501(c)3 charity she established in 2009. In just two short years, she managed to open two safe, comfortable and beautiful homes that provide transitional housing for up to 24 women at a time. Kay is smart, compassionate, and determined to provide the best possible solution for women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. It is my continuing pleasure to serve on her Board of Directors.”

Maegen, Member

“Avenues 12 and Kay have taught me a great deal of life lessons in a safe environment, that I am able to apply to all aspects of my life. Upon arrival I was given a tremendous opportunity to grow as an independent woman and enlightened me to what I can become. Kay and her staff have become a mother figure for me and shown me tough, yet gentle love along my journey. They have provided me with amazing opportunities that I am so grateful for today. Thanks to Avenues 12, I have begun to build a solid foundation to rebuild my life.”

Deana, Member

“When I came to Avenues 12 I didn’t have any illusions in regard to the extent of my addiction. My fear was that I would never be able to escape the bonds of active addiction and establish normalcy. I began abusing substances at age 5. When my husband of 20 years passed of an overdose my downward spiral progressed at an alarming rate. I ended up on the streets and in and out of institutional settings, including prison. I was simply stumbling along until my treatment center recommended I come to Avenues 12, due to their structured environment and high success rate. Since my arrival I have been on a beautiful journey of self-discovery. Kay has taught me to believe in myself, how to repair the shattered pieces of my life, and given me an opportunity to grow. Because of Kay and Avenues 12 I have found the strength within that was always there and have hope for a better future.”

Terri Hinks, REALTOR, Realty Pros Assured

“Kay is an amazing woman who strives to help others. She is a true leader who is able to direct others to greatness exemplified by her success with Avenues 12 in the last three years. After joining the Board at Avenues 12 and working with Kay I have grown personally, and witnessed others growth because of her leading by example. Anyone who works with Kay will see she is a person dedicated to goodness for humanity and her hard work surpasses the most competent of people. I highly recommend to anyone if you have a chance to work with Kay it will enrich your life as well the life of others.”