By Jennifer Jacob Brown
2009 has already gone down in history as a hard year for businesses. What some may not realize is that the economy has been just as hard on non-profits. In Meridian, Best of Both Worlds, a non-profit addiction recovery center for women, is struggling to make ends meet. The center accepts patients whether or not they can pay, and over the past year they have had too many patients who can't.
Best of Both Worlds is not very well-known, making it difficult to solicit donations, which is part of what brought Executive Director Dr. Betsy Storms and House Manager Adele Williamson Graham to the Meridian Star to talk about what they do, how they are different, and why they need help:
The Meridian Star: Talk about the type of facility you have in Best of Both Worlds.
Adele Williamson Graham: When I sent out letters (asking for donations) one of the big questions I got was whether Best of Both Worlds is part of Betsy's practice. So one thing we really want to put out there is that it is a separate thing. People tend to think that it's a private facility owned by her, and it's not. It's a non-profit organization. It started as a private non-profit and now it's a public non-profit.
Betsy Storms: We started as a private non-profit in 2003, so it was always a non-profit... and we achieved the status of public non-profit around three years ago. The Riley Foundation has given us a grant each year since then. They've been very, very helpful to us.
Star: What made you want to start an addiction center?
Storms: This is something I love to do because I'm a recovering addict. I've been 28 years this month without having drugs or alcohol or anything like that. So, it's always just been my mission.
By Jennifer Jacob Brown
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