Bos­ton non­profit raf­fles off new home.

Low­ell-based Me­gan’s House hopes to raise $500,000 in the raf­fle.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE - KRISTIN TOUS­SAINT @kristin­dakota kristin.tous­saint@metro.us For more in­for­ma­tion on Me­gan’s House, visit Metro.us.

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.”

Me­gan’s House is raf­fling off this Dra­cut home. PRO­VIDED BY ME­GAN’S HOUSE

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