Women have vision and mission

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Danna Deaton and Laura Imler-Oldham are on a mission creating a safe haven for women at the Butterfly House. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Addiction touches lives and too many times it destroys individuals and families. Danna Scott Deaton of Manila and Laura Imler-Oldham of Leachville are on a mission to reach out and help women overcome the bondage of addiction. They are establishing Butterfly House, Inc., a nonprofit, faith-based recovery center for women.

Deaton pointed out Mississippi County does not have a recovery center. They have visited the Agape House in Paragould. They want to model their program after the Agape House and the John 3:16 Ministries in Independence County.

"Founder of the Agape House, Sunny Curtis, has been very helpful," Deaton said. "We have also received support from our legislatures and county officials. Recently a drug court has been established in Mississippi County. We have had good response from area judges and our County Sheriff, drug task force, local police departments and the local mayors."

Statistics show 90 percent of the arrests in Mississippi County are drug related.

"Addiction is killing our society," Deaton said. "Everyone is not fortunate enough to have money to go to a rehab center. Many insurance companies do not cover drug rehabilitation and so many addicted women have no where to turn."

The Butterfly House will be free to women who enter the recovery program.

"Recovery takes time," Oldham said. "It will be a six to 12 month program. Our priority is for women to know and experience the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ."

The women will be required to complete course work, including daily Bible study, which will equip them to overcome life's challenges. If there is a need, they will be taught to read and write. The GED will be available and a family restoration program will be set in place.

All will be required to complete an employment program which will involve job searching skills, interview and basic work skills. This program will allow women to become productive, law abiding citizens. Butterfly House will provide a safe and secure sanctuary where the women will learn of the unconditional love of Jesus and how to live a productive life.

Once women get jobs during their stay at Butterfly House, they will pay one third of their weekly earnings for rent; save one third and keep one third. When they leave they will have a little money saved to get them started.

Deaton and Oldham, both mothers, want to restore families.

Oldham is a stay at home mother and Deaton is a part-time nurse practitioner and full time mother.

They both have been visiting churches and organizations telling of their mission and asking for support for the Butterfly House. Both agree they cannot sit by any longer and see the need and not try to be part of the solution.

"No one is immune from addiction," Deaton said.

This is a personal calling for Deaton. She has shared her own personal testimony of her addiction to pain pills after the birth of her daughter.

"With God's help and mercy I am recovering one day at a time," she said. "Recovery is living one day at a time. Staying in today is the key, not chronically worrying about the future, or wasting precious time regretting the past. I was in denial for a long time and I covered it up. I went to Atlanta for 16 weeks to rehab. My husband was very supportive and I am thankful every day for my family. I want other women who are struggling with addiction to have help and support."

A location for Butterfly House is the major need right now. The two are looking for a house to rent. There are women ready to enter the program but they need shelter.

"We are looking and hopefully will have a home or an apartment in the near future," Deaton said.

Imler and Deaton are ready to get started helping women receive counseling and therapy necessary to implement newly learned skills and learn basic living and parenting skills.

The Mission Statement includes:

Through this experience they will be able to break free from the bondage of addictive behavior. Women will be taught the Truth from the Word of God. The Truth will make them free.

"Our hope and prayer is that every life that enters the Butterfly House will be transformed; and families will be restored through the healing Power of Christ," Oldham said.

They will be looking at grants available, but the need of support from churches, foundations, individuals, and organizations is necessary.

"We always need prayer partners," Deaton said. "In addition to monetary donations, we will need food, cleaning supplies, clothes, volunteers willing to teach skills, and more."

The Butterfly House is a non-profit center and all donations are tax deductible. An account has been set up at Southern Bancorp in Manila.

Deaton and Oldham are willing to speak to churches or organizations when asked.

"It doesn't have to be a large donation," Oldham said. "Look what Jesus did with two fish and five loaves. He fed thousands. This is a program that works through prayers."

Donations have been received from several churches, Farmers Market, Liberty Bank, and individuals.

For more information on the Butterfly House log on to thebutterflyhouse.org. Donations can be sent to Butterfly House, P.O. Box 1122, Leachville, AR 72438. Deaton's email address is thebutterflyhouse@ymail.com.

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