ANTIETAM BROADBAND JOINS THE FIGHT AGAINST ADDICTION
Supports New Sober Living Facility at Brooke’s House
December 20, 2018 - Hagerstown, MD. Antietam Broadband announced today it has completed construction of the broadband infrastructure for Brooke’s House, a new Sober Living Facility for Women in Washington County, MD. In addition to their build contribution, Antietam’s more than $30,000 in-kind donation will provide the new facility with three years of high-speed internet service and wireless services.
Brooke’s House is a community-based sober living center for adult women in the early stages of substance abuse recovery. The opening of Brooke’s House is in honor of Brooke Simmers, who passed away from a heroin overdose at the age of 19 back in 2015. Brooke's parents, Kevin and Dana Simmers, founded this center to help women like their daughter. As a former police officer, Kevin Simmers was on the front line in the fight against drug addiction in Washington County.
“Brooke’s House bold vision is to provide a place of safety and recovery for women,” said Kevin Simmers, co-founder of Brooke’s House. “We see a growing need for facilities aimed at the care and recovery for women since they face a more challenging path to finding and staying sober. Without appropriate facilities women are often subjected to both emotional and physical abuse. We hope that Brooke’s House can be a small step in leveling the treatment options for women in Washington County,” said Simmers.
When completed, Brooke’s House will provide state-of-the-art treatment and recovery services and resources to help residents move forward with a drug free life. The 8,300 square foot facility will house 16 women. The facility will provide treatment in three stages. The center’s goal is for residents to leave Brooke’s House with marketable skills for success in the world. Residents will have the opportunity to finish their GED’s and learn business skills in the on-site Hair Salon and Chocolate businesses. The Simmers’ hope is that each women’s legal issues will be resolved during their stay, and residents will leave with a job for a year, on-going treatment and a fresh start.
“Kevin and Dana Simmers’ story is one we hear all too often. As a parent, I can’t imagine the heartache and devastation that parents who share a similar experience live with in communities all across America. Brooke’s House will be a force for good in Washington County and we are honored to join the Simmers and other businesses in supporting this important mission”, said Brian Lynch, President of Antietam Broadband.
Founders of Brooke's House are hoping to complete the facility by the of the year.
About Brooke’s House: http://brookeshouse.org/about/ Is a home for adult women recovering from substance use. It was founded to honor the memory of Brooke Erin Simmers, who passed away at the age of 19 after a heroin overdose. Her parents, Kevin and Dana Simmers, her loving brother, Grant Simmers and Logan Gladhill, created Brooke’s House to inspire and empower women suffering from addiction. Brooke’s House, Inc. is a public charity organization operating under its own IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status.