GREENSBORO, NC -- Twenty years ago it was hard for homeless mothers with substance abuse problems to find a place to go. Then... Mary's House.
A program for those women and their children opened and began saving lives. Like the life of Ivana Toro.
"Drug addiction today is not what everybody thinks it is," Toro said. "There’s a lot of stereotypes on it but the reality of it is a lot of mothers are homeless with children are suffering from drug addiction."
Toro and her seven-year-old son are leaving Mary's House Friday. She has a job, a place to stay and is being a mother to her son once again after a heroin addiction. Toro said she tried four times to get clean.
"One thing I don’t ever want to forget is the pain I was in before I got clean. I never want to forget the things I went through. I don’t ever want to forget the things that I did to get the next one. I never want to go through that again."
The executive director of Mary's House, Jacqueline Phillips, said Toro is now living life on life's terms. She's been at Mary's House since 2008.
"So many women and so many children," she said. When I look it, it sort of gives you goose bumps to know that a cycle has been broken."
Mary's House has helped hundreds of women and now it's your chance to help them.
Friday and Saturday the organization is holding a fundraiser at Holy Trinity Church on Greene Street.
The event, Baubles and Beads, has more than 4,000 pieces of jewelry for sale and a silent auction. For the past 14 years the fundraiser has helped provide residents with clothes, food, transportation and medical care.
Friday you can stop by the event from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Saturday doors open at 9:00 AM and close at 1:00 PM. The silent auction is Friday evening from 4:00-7:00.