Boston nonprofit raffles off new home.
Lowell-based Megan’s House hopes to raise $500,000 in the raffle.
Megan Grover was 17 when her substance abuse started. The young woman from Dracut, Massachusetts, battled addiction for years, and as the opioid addiction spread across Massachusetts, it became difficult to find her a full-time treatment center, said her father, Tim Grover.
Tim Grover decided to start his own facility to help his daughter, but in December 2014, Megan died of a heroin overdose. By then, he had already purchased a vacant school in nearby Lowell to turn into a residential treatment facility for women.
He closed on the property the day after his daughter’s funeral. “I decided to move forward with the project in her memory,” he said.
Megan’s House opened a few months later, providing women 18 to 26 an “A through Z” holistic approach to addiction recovery, Grover said. It includes individual counseling, family therapy and group sessions, plus life skills training, education and job placement assistance.
Grover knows there are more young women who need help but may not know how or where to get it.
To help raise awareness
for Megan’s House, Grover is doing something unusual: raffling off a new home for $100.
Grover, a businessman, helped build the three-bedroom colonial in Dracut. Proceeds will benefit Megan’s House, and Grover is selling 5,000 tickets at $100 each. If all the tickets are sold, the $500,000 from the raffle is about the same amount
Grover said he could sell the house for on the open market. The drawing will be in June.
He hopes the publicity of the house giveaway can steer young women in need on a path to recovery, and he added, “get the community involved.”