Johnson project aims to provide shelter, work for people in recovery

The battle against opioid addiction has many fronts — from prevention to law enforcement to treatment. Our Ike Bendavid has the story of one Vermont couple that has made it their special mission to provide jobs and shelter to people fighting to stay clean.

From the outside, the historic building on Main Street in Johnson stands out for its character. But inside, dirty dishes and old equipment from the restaurant that called it home make it look abandoned.

“It was a coffee shop. It just needs a little love,” said Greg Tatro, who along with his wife Dawn, have bought the property with big plans. “We purchased it knowing it’s going to take some work.”

They plan to turn the building into a sober home and place of employment for people recovering from opioid addiction.

“When people get out of in-patient, they need a safe place to live. The second step to that is that they need a safe place to work,” Tatro said.

On the ground floor they have plans to renovate the old coffee shop. Upstairs, there are enough rooms for at least six women who will also be the employees….Read More On WCAX