Family works to open drug rehab facility in E. Ky.

SHARPSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A family in eastern Kentucky is working to turn an old school into a drug rehabilitation facility for women.

Erica Williams told WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/1gYXZP2) that the facility in Bath County is in honor of her sister, Michele Williams, who died last year of a drug overdose.

“We’ve been wanting to think of something to try to help other women in that same scenario. That way, families wouldn’t have to go through what we’ve been through,” she said.

She says her family plans to turn the former Bethel Elementary school into the Michelle Williams Life Skills Academy, a 12-step drug recovery program.

The family already owns the building and they have hired a director. However, they are still raising money to finish renovations that will bring the building up to code. That includes installing sprinklers and fire walls and putting in new carpet and paint.

The work is hard, but the memory of her sister keeps them going.

“She would be looking down right now with a smile because we’ll be able to help somebody and that’s what she’s all about,” said Erica Williams.

Meanwhile, they have applied for status as a not-for-profit agency and expect to get approval.

If everything goes as planned, the facility should open in the spring with room for 10-15 women.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews

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