XENIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- A Miami Valley non-profit is preparing to open its doors and offer a place to stay for women battling addiction.
In the Miami Valley, heroin and fentanyl cast a long shadow. In Montgomery County alone, coroner records show 1,074 people have died of accidental drug overdoses from 2016 to August of this year.
There are however many people who are working to fight back, like Whitney Caudill. Her story starts in the Fall of 2015 when she was working as an investigator with Children's Services. She tried to help a recovering addict by getting her a bed at a treatment center. But a bed wasn't available in time.
"I ended up having to take her back to an apartment complex where her drug dealer was and she thanked me for trying to help but there was nothing else I could do," Caudill said. "That broke me and I was tore up and I was like God why don't you do something. And right when I said that, I felt like He came back and said why don't you do something. So, here we are."
Caudill left her job and founded the non-profit Her Story. It's an emergency housing option for women battling drug and alcohol addiction.
"Honestly it's a matter of planting that seed of hope," Caudill said. "And not coming at them at a judgmental standpoint."
With an overwhelming amount of support from friends, family and others, Her Story bought a home in Xenia and completely renovated it from the group up. Now there are four beds women can stay in while they wait for a spot at a treatment center. Caudill says it'll be staffed 24-7 with experienced volunteers and recovery professionals.
"They've seen people come out on other side," Caudill said. "So they know there's hope."
The Her Story house is set to open its doors on Monday, August 27th and Caudill says demand is already high.
"We on average get at least one call a day of someone wanting to come here," Caudill said.
It is a place of recovery and a place Caudill and her staff believes offers hope.
There are open houses planned for Thursday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday, August 18th from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information you can click here.
To learn more about Her Story, you can click here.