Letty Owings Center
On April 11, 2013, we honored Letty Owings Center co-founder, Nancy Anderson. View the video made about the history and purpose of Letty Owings Center.
When addicted mothers and pregnant women need help, their recovery is more complex – babies, toddlers and the unborn must also be protected and cared for. Women need a safe place to live and recover with their children.
At Letty Owings, mothers are treated for drug addiction and alcoholism. They also begin learning essential life skills such as budgeting, meal planning and cooking, communication and most importantly, parenting – things as simple as how often a child needs to eat, sleep and bathe. Surrounded by role models and others who are succeeding in their recovery, the women see what life can be. The Letty Owings Center helps give them the tools they need to get there.
The women become part of a larger community when they attend recovery support groups. Their children also become part of the larger community when they attend pre- school programs with youngsters from a wide range of income levels and family backgrounds.
Individual and family counseling helps mothers and children learn to problem solve and communicate, laying the foundation for independent living. Women gain a feeling of accomplishment, giving them the confidence they need to begin rebuilding their lives, and their families.
At Letty Owings young mothers become clean, sober and hopeful – able to reconnect with their children who might otherwise be placed in foster care.
How it Began
The Letty Owings Center was a first of its kind when Nancy Anderson, deeply angry because poor women like her sister had to give up their children to get treatment, sought to establish a safe place for mothers to recover and keep their babies. Nancy met Letty Owings and in 1989, the two women opened the Center for eight women and ten children.
Since inception in 1989, more than 1,300 families have recovered their lives at Letty Owings Center and 237 babies have been born drug-free.