Persistence pays off as Better Family Life helps woman beat addi -

Persistence pays off as Better Family Life helps woman beat addiction, prostitution

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

Just two months ago, Dyanna Kelly was a prostitute with an intense heroin addiction at Hodiamont and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

Now after help from Better Family Life, she feels saved.

“This is my year I’m claiming it,” said Kelly.

Kelly recalls seeing Better Family Life Workers walking in her neighborhood talking with people, and eventually their persistence paid off.

Kelly said she first let them take her to get a license and then to drug treatment.

“I want this. When they say, ‘you can be anonymous,’ I don’t want to be anonymous. I want to show the world that there are people that need this and that got this,” said Kelly.

She now feels like she has a real chance to beat her addiction she’s been battling for 17 years.

Better Family Life plans to keep hitting the streets to have other success stories like Kelly.

“Now we’re working to keep her out of addiction and working with her entire family because we believe that in order to stabilize St. Louis, we have to lift it from the bottom,” said James Clark with Better Family Life.

If you need a place to start for help you can visit Better Family Life’s website.

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