On Chicago’s Near West Side, there’s a place where drug-addicted mothers can attempt to get clean sober while still living with their children.
The Women’s Treatment Center opened in 1991 in response to the crack epidemic, but now caters to a wide variety of addicted women.
On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we heard stories from mothers attempting to get clean and sober. We also talked about how the Treatment Center has grown over the past twenty three years.
Host Richard Steele was joined by Bill Healy, independent producer for WBEZ, and Dr. Jewell Oates, the first Executive Director of The Center.
Later, we heard about a new photo gallery on The Chicago Reporter’s website. You can check it out here: http://www.chicagoreporter.com/meaning-motherhood#.U20_ym1nDu0
It documents mothers from all walks of life, and asks them what motherhood means to them. The Chicago Reporter's Photojournalism fellow Sophia Nahli Allison was at the shop to talk about the project.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.