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Transitional housing changes woman's life

YAKIMA, Wash. -   Life will never be the same for Diana McClaskey.

Four years ago McClaskey was addicted to methamphetamines, she said.  She lost her four children and with one on the way she had no where to go.

"In 2000 I got pregnant with my fifth child," McClaskey said. "I wanted a better way and I was just seeking help and I couldn't find help."  

McClaskey checked herself into a local substance abuse clinic to try and kick her habit--- she did. 

Needing a place to live, McClaskey said she found a brochure for Next Step Housing.

"So I called the number and they said they had a room," McClaskey said.

Next Step Housing provides affordable housing for people recovering from substance abuse, McClaskey said.

McClaskey's been clean now for about four years and her life has completely changed, she said.

She now has her children back, is married and is managing four of the five housing communities for Next Step Housing.

McClaskey feels she's been given a second chance and she is going to use it to help others who are in the same place she was four years ago.  

"It's a pay it on pay on you know," she said. "You help others and everyone just continues to grow."

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