U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recently honored the Audrey Ephraim Women’s Center in Carlinville, Illinois and several of the women who have been helped by the center on the House floor. Davis visited the center in April.
Davis delivered the following remarks on the House floor:
I rise today to recognize the Audrey Ephraim Women’s Center in Carlinville, Illinois and Pastor Don and his wife Deneane that run this great facility.
As the Southern Illinois site for Adult & Teen Challenge Illinois, this center is a critical resource in providing effective care to women who struggle with life-controlling problems.
Audrey Ephraim Women’s Center is a residential program with a one-of-a-kind approach to caring for women in need of substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment.
For some, this program is a last chance before serving time in jail. For others, they come at their own will for help dealing with addiction, seeking the road to recovery.
When I visited the center, I spoke with a mother of three who told me that upon her arrival, the guilt and shame of her addiction had been taken off of her shoulders.
Another woman said she sought help at the Center after she had spent 6 months in jail for selling cocaine.
Both of these women are now on the path of bettering their lives and finding purpose.
For so many women, this Center is a safe haven, a place of hope, and a promise of a brighter tomorrow.
I am proud to represent facilities like the Audrey Ephraim Women’s Center, that provide life-changing care to women in their most desperate times.
To all those at the center – thank you for all you do and I will be praying for all those on the road to recovery.
And I really want to thank my new friends Katrina, Alicia, and Rhonda who are not just an inspiration to me and my team, but you're an inspiration to this entire institution and our great country.