A comfortable living environment can make a big difference
in people's lives.
That's why a local group is working to fix up downtown
La Crosse's Ophelia's House .
which helps female offenders stay out of jail.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us in the newsroom
Up to ten women stay at Ophelia's House at a time
as an alternative to jail, many of them transitioning
into a sober lifestyle.
Volunteers from the First Free Church in Onalaska
have been spending time sprucing up the old house
which in turn brightens the lives of the women who
About a dozen volunteers have been fixing up the home
since June .
painting bedrooms, adding furniture and completing
other odds and ends projects around the house.
The program's supervisor says the volunteers' help
does double duty.
Not only do they see these groups of people coming
in caring for their environment, interacting with
them in a positive way but they're left with the beautiful
results, which makes them feel uplifted and safe and
One Ophelia's House resident says the program helps
women get sober .
and has changed her entire outlook on life for the
She says all the work the volunteers are doing to
brighten up the house has helped as well.
I think they have a big heart.
I think it's great that these peole take tiem out
of their lives to volunteer for woment that are struglgling
that need some brightness in their life, you know?
Some of the big projects included redoing the whole
front porch area .
and one volunteer built a picnic table for the back
A Pastor from the church says the whole project will
likely take another month .
and after that, the church will remain in contact
with Ophelia's House.
Women who stay at the house are under strict supervision
and typically stay in the house for around 90 days
before transitioning somewhere else in the community.
We'll have more on that story tonight at ten.