Utah woman finds scholarships for addicts

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – 10,000 Beds is an addiction recovery scholarship program that connects people struggling with addiction to open beds across the country. The CEO and founder Jean Krisle says the program has already given $5,000,000 in scholarships and expects to give another $5,000,000 by the end of the year. 

Krisle opened up about why she started the program, “I’m one of the lucky ones, I’m a mom with a son in recovery. And it’s from that place of gratitude that we are on the road to recovery for 10,000 beds.”

Facilities across the country partner with Krisle to provide a free spot in a treatment center for someone who can’t afford the cost. 10,000 Beds screens applicants and gets the client to the facility.

Krisle explained, “By the time I send a name to a treatment program, I’m 99% sure that client is not only ready for help, but they don’t have the resources to do it on their own.”

10,000 Beds opened in 2015 and places about 500 people per year, as well as connect others to resources and aid. Krisle says drug addiction is breaking stereotypes, “Today people are realizing that addiction affects everyone. There is no line between wealthy and poor, black and white.”

To donate or to apply for a 10,000 Beds scholarship, visit their website. And to hear from a 10,000 beds client and success story, watch the full report above. 

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