SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– It’s funny sometimes when you consider life’s little battles are sometimes a big pain. Brooke Mingus. and her daughter Debi fight those little battles every Tuesday night.
“We got to make it pretty for them,” says Mingus.
It’s not a victory though until dishes are served and the ladies they serve can relax knowing they have one less thing on their plate.
You see, the women they serve are fighting a battle of their own, one each will individually fight forever. We’re talking about addiction.
Alon Fisch, Director of New Beginnings Sanctuary, knows each of the women by name.
“The New Beginnings Sanctuary is a sober living program,” he explains.
These 30-35 women, the ones eating the food Brooke and Debi prepare for them each week, are all roommates. Each living in one of the five houses and sleeping in one of the 52 beds NBS has made available to women in recovery in Springfield and Joplin.
Miley Nicholson just moved into one of those houses a month ago.
“33 days clean and sober,” she says. “They’re my friends. And I don’t have friends but they’re my friends.”
She explains though, things are going well now but started out rough when she first enrolled in NBS.
“When I first came into New Beginnings, I didn’t want to be around women or other people. I had been to prison,” she explains.
“She stated ‘I don’t want to be here,” Debi attests. “I don’t want anything to do with this. I don’t like you people.’ And now she’s one of our best.”
Her success story though is one she refuses to take credit for. Instead, she attributes God. She’s not the only one living at New Beginnings who feels that way.
“Before you even pray it, he knows what’s going to happen so he tries to point you in the right direction,” KOLR10 heard one woman proclaim at an NBS meeting.
“My faith has brought me to where I’m at now. I realize I’m not in control. Never have been never will be,” another said.
“I ask God every day. Show me what I need to do,” said one NBS client.
“At night I thank him for another day sober,” said another person at the meeting.
Those similar testimonies aren’t the result of coincidence.
“It provides a purpose and some guidance for some people,” says Fisch.
Unlike some sobriety programs, NBS requires religious participation.
“One house meeting that we do in the houses per week and one outside religious service,” Fisch says.
Attendance is mandatory. Your teacher is up to you.
“Buddhist temple, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, it does make a difference,” he explains.
Because depending on who you ask, walking in faith seems to make the other steps toward sobriety easier.
And there are some who say other steps would be impossible otherwise. Those would be same who lean on their faith for battles both big and small.
“We’ve been in 12 step programs for quite some time,” says Debi. “But without God, it just doesn’t stick.”