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Kansas City woman fighting alcoholism, homelessness finds hope at Amethyst Place

Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 19:45:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ieley Beck and her five-year-old daughter, Carly, are celebrating a new beginning at the end of 2018.

They moved into an apartment on Thursday at Amethyst Place in Kansas City, Missouri. Amethyst Place helps homeless women who are recovering addicts with children have a safe place to live with counseling services and support for the mother and children.

Beck and her daughter had been homeless for a year.    

"I suffer from alcoholism and little by little everything slipped out of my hands," said Beck.

She hit rock-bottom when DFS took custody of her daughter. Beck went into a drug rehab program, became sober and she was reunited with her daughter.

Beck heard about Amethyst Place while she was in the drug treatment program. After a four-month wait, her application was accepted and Beck and her daughter moved into the Amethyst Place apartment which is fully furnished with paid utilities.

"It's an overwhelming feeling of nothing but positive emotions," said Beck.    

Amethyst Place provides families with 24-hour supervision, collaboration with community-based case managers, as well as on-site therapy in a supervised drug-free environment.

Clients work, go to school or attend drug treatment at least 20-hours a week.

"Amethyst Place removes barriers and offers family self-sufficiency programs to help the women and children discover and achieve their potential," said Kathryn Evans, Director of Development for Amethyst Place.

Beck is just beginning her journey at Amethyst Place, but she has already decided she wants to become a drug treatment counselor to help connect drug addicts with the same hope and help Beck and her family received at Amethyst Place.  

To make a donation to Amethyst Place click on this link.