WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — From the outside, nothing stands out when driving by the old Victorian home in West Haven.

But inside, lives are changing.

The Step Up Inn has been open for less than a year, helping women transition from a life of using drugs and alcohol, to a life of optimism.

“I started using when I was 12 and I am 58, so I have 22 days clean,” said one woman who wishes to remain anonymous.

The transitional living facility fills a much needed void according to Nancy Appleton, an administrator.

“For women especially, you know there are several for men all over the state,” said Appleton.

Linda Gherlone decided to open the 12-bed recovery home after a friend pointed out a need.

“Unfortunately Angela never did get to see the house because she overdosed on her 50th birthday. We know it would be something she would be proud of,” said Gherlone.

The living facility provides structure, accountability, direction and guidance for women who have lost their way.

Life skills classes are provided, chores and breathalyzers given three times a day.

“We talked about how to put together a good resume, how to dress for an interview,” said Brandy Appleton.

The women range in ages from 22 to 70.

A life-changing decision to seek recovery at a critical turning point.

“Overall this is the best decision that I could have made,” said one tenant speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Step Up Inn does not take insurance, women pay monthly rent.

A two month commitment is required to enter the home.

Participation of a rehabilitation program or detox is also required.

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