New leaders and location perform same missions at Red Legacy Recovery

John Thompson • Sep 11, 2018 at 9:31 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Red Legacy Recovery is under new leadership and is in a new location, but its mission remains to assist women who have become addicted to drugs or alcohol to find their way to recovery and become valuable members of their community.

Samantha Loveday is the executive director of the organization and Wendy Aviles is the new case manager. Loveday became the director at the end of July and Aviles became case manager at the beginning of September.

The new location for the organization is 210 South Hills Drive, the same building where the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way has called home for the past few years.

Loveday said the organization continues to offer many services for women who are striving for a better life without drugs or alcohol. “One thing we are trying to do is to teach them life skills,” Loveday said.

Red Legacy offers courses on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Loveday said the meeting on Tuesday is designed to have experts meet with the women. These Tuesday courses teach such valuable information as writing a resume and having effective job interview skills to help these women get back into the workforce.

The Thursday sessions are intended to teach more basic life skills, such as homemaking and child care. Women can bring their children to the meetings and they will be cared for in an adjoining room. 

Loveday said food is provided at every meeting, with meals on Tuesdays and snacks on Thursdays. That can be a powerful incentive to come for women who might not have eaten in days.

Red Legacy also provides essential services for women who may just be starting over after being released from jail. The organization can assist the women in finding housing, medical care and meeting court-ordered appointments.

One important tool in helping these women is the Red Legacy van, which can pick women up where they live and take them to their appointments. The van can also take the women to the Red Legacy meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Red Legacy provides even more basic services in the community, including a street outreach program for the homeless, providing tents, tarps, food, hygiene and coats. There is a clothes pantry for anyone in need, and washer and dryer service for the homeless.

Red Legacy can be reached at 423-342-6893 or 423-342-6894.

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