Local woman on mission to help children affected by drugs, alcohol


by WHAS11


Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 7:43 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- (WHAS11) - You never know what is happening inside your neighbor’s house.

“To give them a shot at having something different,” Ellen Sloan said.

Beyond this gate a chance for kids who've seen addiction and drugs first hand and a promise from a recovering addict to help.

“This was just my way to give back to let the kids know they are considered in the transition, to let them know that somebody knows they have needs and are concerned and they matter too,” Sloan said.

Ellen Sloan's home is filled with school supplies, uniforms, and food. Not for her grandkids, but the kids whose parents are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

“The whole process is a transition for everybody and so I saw from my child the children's side,” Sloan said.

Sloan sold drugs and used crack before living a sober life.

“I have been set free and there are a lot of other people who are going through that process and I just want them to know that they are not in this by themselves,” Sloan said.

She now runs a program called In This Life out of her house.
Whether it's back to school time, Christmas, Easter or kids in need of food, Sloan makes sure kids who are living the life her kids had know someone cares.

Sloan's daughter is thrilled to see the kids benefit.

“Kids that are like me growing up it’s great and they are grateful this is going on,” Jah Sloan, Ellen Sloan’s daughter, said.

“Our community as a whole considers them and they are a part of life,” Ellen Sloan said.

With In This life, Sloan is making connections, hoping the next generation won't repeat mistakes of the past.

Sloan started the program while she was early in recovery at a half way house.

If you are in need of supplies or food or clothing and would like to reach out to Sloan you can call 589-2025.

She is having a giveaway Friday, July 26 starting at 3 p.m. You can call the above number for the address.