Rea of Hope has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol, and residents must leave the same day if they violate that rule. The home on Lee Street, which has 10 beds, was a labor of love. Founding board member Denise Burgess called the refurbishment of the home a great community effort. People came together, from men on work release from incarceration to students from Charleston Catholic High School. Today, Rea of Hope comprises four properties, with two houses fully staffed 24 hours a day and two apartment buildings for women who already graduated from the home and their children.
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