BATH COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A Bath County family wants to honor a loved one by helping others. Michele Williams died of a drug overdose last year. Now, the Williams family is turning an empty school, near Sharpsburg, into a rehab facility for women struggling with addiction.
"We've been wanting to think of something to try to help other women in that same scenario. That way, families wouldn't have to go through what we've been through," said Erica Williams, Michelle's sister.
The plan is to change Bethel Elementary into the Michelle Williams Life Skills Academy, a 12 step drug recovery program.
The Williams family owns the building and a director has been hired. Now, they're trying to find the money to finish fixing the building. It has to be up to code, sprinklers and fire walls have to be installed and the carpet and paint have to be redone. It's hard work but it's in the memory of Michelle.
"She would be looking down right now with a smile because we'll be able to help somebody and that's what she's all about," said Erica Williams.
Apartment will be built near the school to house the women in rehab. The academy will have room for 10-15 women in the beginning. They plan to move their clients in the school once they can afford further renovations.
Officials applied for not-for-profit status. They expect to be approved soon.
The academy is scheduled to open in the spring.