KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN)- As a guest of First Lady Melania Trump, Ashley Evans was recognized for her journey to recovery at the State of the Union Address. A resident of Kettering, Evans worked with Brigid’s Path to get where she is now.
Brigid’s Path says they’re proud to get this national attention for Evans and their facility. As the state’s only newborn recovery center, they hope this exposure means even greater strides for the community.
Jane Snyder, Director of Development, at Brigid’s Path, said the growth of Brigid’s Path in the last year has been as much their journey as it’s been Evans’.
“We started off kind of slow and got more people aware of us. Now, here we are on the national level,” Snyder said.
“Being able to see all of her hard work and being recognized for that hard work, it was very very moving for us,” Snyder said as she recalled learning Evans would be a guest at the State of the Union.
Snyder hopes this national recognition will result in more funding.
“There’s still growing pains that we’re going through,” Snyder said.
More funding would allow Brigid’s Path to treat up to 24 babies rather than the current 8.There is space available in their facility but the funding isn’t there to be fully operational.
“It was also strategic for us in terms of being able to sustain while we wait for the funding to come,” Snyder said.
Additional money could help with plans to open a family center at their facility this year.
“We’ll have family advocates. We’ll have laundry service, and a shower and so forth,” Snyder said.
Snyder hoped Evans’ story of success will continue to be theirs as well..
“Hopefully making an impact, we can change the makeup of how this community is going to be in the future,” Synder said.
When asked what her message would be to the President and First Lady, Evans said “Recovery is possible. If you put the work in and are willing and open and honest, then you can accomplish anything in recovery.”