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SYSK: Valerie Hockey described as "angel" of Angel House

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Angel House opened in Waterloo in March 2010. Its goal is to help women get their lives back in order while finishing treatment for substance abuse. A key role player in all this is Valerie Hockey.

"Val has given me fantastic support," said Sheryl Knudsen-Pringle.

Val Hockey is the Angel House Manager, spending most her days at the house with the ladies. Val is responsible for deciding who can live in the house, and she's also responsible for helping to find support for the clients, and of course, she's always willing to listen.

"To know she's there and when we do have a need we know we can call, it's fantastic for all of us," said Sheryl Knudsen-Pringle.

Hockey knows first-hand what it's like to need support.

"I'm in recovery myself, and I want to show them some experience, strength and hope for their recovery," said Val Hockey.

Val is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

"I will have 26 years in September," she said.

She hopes staying clean and sober shows all the women she works with that you can turn your life around.

"It's possible to come out of treatment and recovery and work on themselves and get jobs and become productive members of society," said Val Hockey.

"Knowing she's had trials in her life, she's definitely a mentor and someone to look up to," said Knudsen-Pringle.

Valerie Hockey wants each woman who visits Angel House to become more responsible and to leave with a plan for success.

"And they know they can come to me if they have a problem," she said.

Hockey is proof you can get clean and sober and enjoy life.

Angel House is always looking for donations and volunteers. For more information, click here.

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