A Word From Our CEO

A Word From Our CEO

Darnella McNeil, CEO Legacy III, Inc.

Darnella McNeil, CEO Legacy III, Inc.

Welcome to Legacy III’s website!  We are pleased to be able to have our website as a means to provide the public with detailed information about Legacy III and the services it provides to homeless women in the Summit County, OH community.  As you tour through the website, you will find specific information on program services and outcomes, a virtual tour of the transitional housing facility, and true testimonials from program participants.  As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy III, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Legacy III’s Board of Directors, staff, program participants and their families,  funders, and all of those who support our efforts to end homelessness and substance abuse in our community.

Legacy III’s mission is to provide supportive housing services to homeless women, in Summit County, who are recovering from chronic substance abuse, mental health disorders, and physical disabilities.  We assist our program participants in re-establishing stability in their lives, advocating for themselves, and becoming economically self-sufficient members of society.   Legacy III specializes in providing highly effective services to homeless women, and has become one of the premiere housing organizations for women in Summit County, OH.

Women with alcohol and substance abuse problems usually find the process of recovery challenging because there are a multitude of barriers to building a happy productive life.   Many of our program participants come to Legacy III with all of their worldly possessions in trash bags. Many of them are broken emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  They have incurred felonies and other legal convictions. They have damaged relationships with family and friends.  They have experienced domestic violence and other various assaults.  They have lived in shelters, jails, or on the streets.  Many have tried to stay sober, but eventually relapsed.  They have lost the ability of choice – being driven by the impulses of their drug addiction  and/or alcoholism.  They often lack the knowledge and material resources with which to rebuild their lives. These ladies  are typically newly sober, have no income, and are homeless.  They often have very little hope for a brighter future.

Because our programs are specifically designed  to help women overcome the ravages of drug addiction, alcoholism, and homelessness, women are empowered to re-create their lives in a positive way and to become self-sufficient.  Many women who participate in our programs remain sober long-term, become employable, and remain in their apartments.  Having become stable in their recovery, they achieve many other ancillary goals, i.e. re-uniting with family members and friends, regaining driving privileges, completing GED and other educational goals, building careers, experiencing financial stability, purchasing automobiles, improving their overall health and well-being, strengthening spirituality.  In the philosophy of 12-step recovery programs, most become sponsors to other women who are newly sober; thereby, living by the spiritual axiom of “giving it away in order to keep it”.

Legacy III is the place where miracles are produced in the lives of many women.  It is a place where lives are changed from defeat to victory.  It is a place that gives women hope for a better life.  It is a  place where women learn how to recreate their lives and to enjoy personal freedom from drug addiction, alcoholism, and homelessness.  For many, Legacy III is the beginning of a new life!

Please take note of the upcoming Community Awards Dinner 2016 which will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  This is Legacy III’s signature fundraising event that has, historically, sold out!  It is an event that you do not want to miss. Please see our home page for more information on how to register.