Livingston woman turns tragedy into a mission

New facility to help struggling women opens in Livingston Parish

LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - Tons of Livingston residents gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony for A Door of Hope’s new women’s facility. Kristen Maddox, founder, says she started the non-profit after working with young women who needed more resources than counseling.

“I was working with girls that were stuck in a cycle, and what I realized is that many of them were without a place to go. They needed more than just a few minutes in a counseling room,” said Maddox.

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Maddox opened a two-story building capable of housing up to 12 women at a time. Maddox says it’s not just a place to rest, but to grow, with services to care for expectant mothers and to address personal struggles. It’s something that hits close to home for the facility’s founder.

“I lost my son to suicide four years ago. He was 29-years-old, and I believe Ricky lost the battle when he lost hope. And so that’s one thing that we really strive to do is to give these girls hope,” said Maddox.

Maddox says she also fought a 12-year addiction. She says she hopes her story will help other women through their journey.

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“We all have a story to tell, and a lot of times when others find us relatable, people can heal better because they’re inspired,” said Maddox.

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