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Nashville Priest Gets White House Honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville priest who founded a recovery program for prostitutes is being honored by the White House.
Becca Stevens founded a residential program called Magdalene in 1997.
It offers participating women free housing, food, medical and dental care, therapy, education and job training for two years, all without government funding.
Seventy percent of the women who join are clean and sober 2 1/2 years after beginning.
Stevens will be honored at a Washington ceremony on Thursday as one of 15 “Champions of Change,” according to WPLN (http://bit.ly/nGaRs8).
The St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel chaplain says she hopes the recognition will inspire others to do similar work.
Recently, she’s met with groups interested in the Magdalene model from St. Louis, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Note: The White House news release is below.

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