DENHAM SPRINGS — Exciting things, including a new television program, are happening at A Door of Hope Ministry and for founder Kristen Maddox.
Maddox, who purchased the same office in the Dixon Medical Center where, strung out on crack cocaine and ready to have an abortion 17 years ago, she found hope — and a solution to her addiction. Instead of an abortion center, Maddox found the office was a pregnancy crisis center where abortions were not performed.
As a result, Maddox chose life for her daughter.
The office is now the home of A Door of Hope, and Maddox will soon turn another suite in the office building into a studio for her new television show, “Keeping It Real.” Maddox said the show, which will focus on “real-life” issues for women and offer help for those with eating disorders, addictions, depression and more, will air at 7:30 a.m. Friday mornings on Fox 44 starting in January.
“We want to spark hope and inspire them,” Maddox said about the women she’s trying to reach with the new program.
Maddox is also busy raising money to keep the organization going strong and hopes to open a residential home in 2015 to help women overcome abuse, addiction, a past abortion, eating disorders, depression and self-harm.
On Nov. 1, Maddox and her staff will host A Door of Hope’s third annual Royalty Run for Hope at Train Station Park in Denham Springs.
The event will feature a photo shoot with special guests Elsa and Anna of Disney’s “Frozen.” Women can come dressed as “royalty” and men can come dressed in purple and gold. Winners will be selected for Best King, Best Queen and first-place for women and men.
Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the 5K run will start at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt, Maddox said.
To help participants prepare for the race, free training will be offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays at North Park until race day, Maddox said.
“I’m pushing (myself) and I’m taking this seriously,” said Maddox, who isn’t a runner but insists on making it through the race.
A Door of Hope offers crisis counseling and classes for girls and women ages 13 and older. The organization helps clients through Christian faith, Maddox said.
A workshop for these women will be Oct. 3-4 at Rosaryville in Ponchatoula. Maddox said she still needs businesses or individuals to sponsor women. The cost is $25 per person.
The organization receives funding from sponsorships, pledges and donations from area churches, Maddox said.
Since opening its doors in spring 2013, A Door of Hope has provided counseling to numerous women. Maddox and counselors see about 20 women a week.
For information, call Maddox at (225) 665-4673 or visit www.adoorofhopela.com. A Door of Hope is also on Facebook.