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Funeral home reborn as rehab center
Just like the women who will be revitalized within its walls, the former Gray Gables house on Gloucester Street - now the Grace House - has been reborn.

Since early August, the vacant home, built in 1891 and once the Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, has been gutted and rebuilt from the inside.

Stepping inside beyond its beautiful doors decked in Christmas wreaths was a sight to behold Friday during the official open house for the women's rehabilitation facility.

A warmth that glowed throughout the Victorian house, but it had nothing to do with its beautiful holiday decor. It came from the many people exclaiming about the home's transformation and the exquisite rooms.

Even Linda Lowe, founder and executive director, was abuzz with excitement at seeing the finished product.

"I'm exhausted. I've been moving non-stop," she said with a laugh, describing the work that's gone into prepping the house over the last two weeks. "I feel awesome. Last night, I had put the holiday lights on the bushes outside and I'd rode around the corner to take a drive around the house and thought, 'Isn't that pretty?' It makes me proud."

It's certainly a house anyone would be happy to call home, as 13 women currently are for the next nine months or so. Fully stocked bathrooms, a picturesque kitchen, a grand room with a Christmas tree as tall as the ceiling - a real place for women in drug and alcohol rehabilitation who are trying to rebuild what they've lost, Lowe said.

Just two weeks ago, the Grace House program moved from its original location on Monck Street to the Gloucester Street location, next to the Brunswick Fire Station. It's been a whirlwind of activity ever since just getting everything together.

The roomier facility has already changed the mood of the women inside.

"The girls are happier here," she said. "This house has a different vibe to it. I'm hoping to open the house to 15 girls at least but I've only got 13 beds right now," Lowe said.

The business community lent a helping hand in several of the rooms and countless others provided funds, in-kind donations and more to turn the vacant house into a home.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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