We were featured in a beautifully written story in the Santa Clara Weekly this week. Read journalist Melissa McKenzie’s article below.
New Non–Profit Inspires Youth to Live Beyond Addiction
By Melissa McKenzie
In January 2013, Kelly Villarreal and her husband, Justin Bell, were acclimating to their new life in Oregon. Villarreal had retired early from Santa Clara Unified School District and relocated to Redmond for Bell’s job with Cupertino Electric. As she pondered her next career move, tragedy struck. Bell suffered a heart attack on Jan. 6 and was pulled from life support five days later. Less than 24 hours after his death, Villarreal had an epiphany.
Using Bell’s lifelong struggle with alcoholism as her driving force, Villarreal would turn her personal hardship into hope and salvation for youth going through the same trials and tribulations Bell battled throughout his short life. Her mission was simple: help kids facing problems with addiction. In the two years since Bell’s death, Villarreal, armed with a superstar team of women including Pat Flot, Jennifer Dericco, Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley, Julie Eastburn and Sheila Morales, has formed Justin’s House, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring “youth to live beyond abuse and addiction.”