Care In Crisis: Part Four

By KBJR Manager

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 2:22 PM CDT

Every year half a million people die from drug overdoses.

Millions more commit acts of violence to support their habits and millions beyond that cause irreparable harm to their loves ones, including their children.

But every day there are also success stories among the tragedies.

Today, we continue our special report on Care in Crisis.

Barbara Reyelts puts us in touch with a young Duluth woman who is among those successes.

Tatiana Daly had reached rock bottom. She was a drug addict, her husband had been sent to Federal prison, and she had lost custody of her children.

I managed to quit for a little while and then I always started up again. It was just a never ending cycle.

I had given up trying to ask people for help.

But Tatiana was facing a crisis. She had been told if she didn't find housing she would lose custody of her two little girls. Just as she was about to give in to despair Tatiana learned about the transitional housing programs of the Salvation Army.

She needed a chance and we took a chance on her and I think it's a great success story.

They believed in me even though they didn't have any reason to.
When she came into the program she hit the ground running. She knew exactly which goals she wanted to work on. She had education, employment goals, and she wanted to work on her sobriety.

Since then they've helped me with everything. I mean they got me into classes like "common sense". Because I didn't know how to budget or finance or any of that.

Now with a year of sobriety under her belt Tatiana has her daughters back and a roof over her head.

Cause of them I have my children, I have a future. I'm not scared anymore.

In Duluth, Barbara Reyelts, the Northland's News Center.

As Tatiana works to maintain sobriety and take care of her children she is back in school and volunteering with the Salvation Army whenever she can.