Community Connection: Opal HouseSubmitted by Pelorus Financial Group on April 28th, 2017
By: Sarah Glink
One of the greatest opportunities that come with operating a small business is the chance to support local organizations that matter to us. Opal House is one of those organizations. Their mission is to support recovery from substance abuse. In April 2016 spoke with their founder, Cheryle McCourt.
Cheryle is approachable, smart, and warm. With a background in business law and a broad range of skills, her focus to support recovery from drug and alcohol abuse began when she witnessed her daughter’s encounter with addiction. Through this experience, she identified a need for transitional housing for women recovering from substance abuse in Northeast Ohio. Transitional houses (also known as three-quarter houses) provide safety, peer support, drug testing, accountability, and life skills training. Nationwide statistics show that only about 10% of those who enter rehabilitation will maintain their sobriety without additional treatment and support. In 2013 Cheryle opened Opal House – the first of its kind in Lake, Geauga or Ashtabula county.
Cheryle smiles as she speaks about her success stories. One woman came to Opal House at the lowest point in her life. Since completing the program, she has been restored to her family, has a steady job, and is attending school. Cheryle witnessed a stark transition for another woman who came to the house, as a rule breaker, full of anger. Today this woman is sober, employed, and happy. She was even selected as a delegate to speak about sobriety at a national convention. “The girls come from all walks of life, but the ones who do best, come by their own choice”, Cheryle says. Opal house boasts a success rate of 64% and 80% have maintained sobriety after completing the program this year alone. The unmatched success at Opal House is fostered by passionate leadership, house rules that create high standards, and the group support of others with a similar history.
Opal House organizes an annual Walk-A-Thon. The two-mile trek takes those touched by substance abuse through neighborhoods that may hold shadows of their past lives. Cheryle remarks, “the purpose of the walk is to show a positive side to addiction - recovery.” It gives those in the program a chance to reflect on how far they have come. Onlookers see the participants holding posters with positive messages about their journey to sobriety. For many in this community, seeing how far these brave women have come is very inspirational, it plants a seed of hope.
We are excited to come alongside Cheryle in support of Opal House. Pelorus Financial Group joined other local businesses to sponsor the “Light the Night 5K” benefiting Opal House in 2016. Many of us raced in the 5k to raise awareness for local substance abuse issues. Opal House has ongoing financial needs as they strive to provide recovery literature, drug testing kits, educational material, and necessities for the women living in the house. Financial donations can be made through their website. All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in learning more or would like to support the mission of Opal House, please contact Cheryle McCourt at the Opal House:
Cheryle: (440) 897-8912 | www.bridgestodiscovery.com