Kettering woman attends State of the Union as First Lady’s guest

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Tonight, Kettering resident Ashley Evans will be in the audience at the State of the Union as a special guest of First Lady Melania Trump.

She’s getting national recognition for her journey to addiction recovery.

Brigid’s Path is proud of every success story and everyone working toward success, but this is extra special as one of their own is earning some national recognition.

“There were tears. It’s just kind of an awesome thing to see someone who’s worked so hard and has had some struggles, a lot of struggles, and now here she is.”

An emotional whirlwind continuing Tuesday, as Evans is in Washington, D.C. for the address.

“That’s my calling, to help women and other addicts in general. And to be able to give hope to others and inspire them. And it feels amazing. It’s like a dream come true,” she said.

Ashley’s story was passed along by the Secretary of Health and Human Services after a visit to Brigid’s Path.

Jane Snyder is the Development Director at Brigid’s Path; she says Ashley is a perfect example of what happens when motivated people are matched with the right resources.

“The support and the recognition and the admiration and love that we have for her and for other moms as they’re going through this is so important,” she said.

2 NEWS Reporter Adam Rife asked Ashley what it might feel like if the president says her name.

“I just got chills. Everything that I’ve worked for is being recognized and if he does mention my name that would be just spectacular,” she says.

And here’s her message for the President and First Lady if she gets to meet them: “Recovery is possible. If you put the work in and are willing and open and honest, then you can accomplish anything in recovery.”

If and when Ashley meets the President and First Lady tonight, she plans to continue her advocacy, talking about the need for grants for housing.

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