News Channel 5 – Compassion in Action

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — All around Nashville we see it — Compassion In Action. For more than 15 years, “The Next Door” has been helping women fight addiction.

Monika Stafford says she was scared to leave her hometown and move to Nashville. Stafford is one of 21 women and 23 children who live at “The Next Door.” She had lost her kids through addiction and found the non-profit after some jail time.

Kristy Pomeroy is the Community Services Manager. She says the affordable housing community helps women battling addiction, with services on-site. “Being able to provide those services not just in our treatment center but in-house – it’s just greatly needed,” she said. Pomeroy says over the years, the substances may change, but the need for compassion hasn’t.

“We have definitely seen the ups and downs of different substances. What we are seeing with the opioid epidemic is definitely different. The face of addiction looks different,” she said.

“The Next Door” and Monika Stafford each received a $1,000 gift card provided by Kroger as part of our “Compassion in Action” project.

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