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On Feb. 20, The Red Key network members toured the new Red Tulip House in Claridon.

The Red Tulip house, a long-term recovery home, is nearly ready for residents. Located in Claridon, just north of Mayfield Road, this home will welcome up to four female residents recovering from addiction and one house-mother to oversee the day-to-day operations. 

On Feb. 20, The Red Key network members toured the new facility guided by Laura Christian, Red Key member, Red Tulip board member and owner of Sport Rack in Chardon. She explained that originally, the Red Tulip House was to be a restored century home donated to Claridon Township by the family of another Red Tulip board member, Dianne Kellogg. Claridon Township agreed to rent the property to Red Tulip for $1 per year. 

After the ground breaking of the original home and a challenging rainstorm it was found that the foundation was not substantial. Plan B was to tear down and rebuild, but the group decided against that and rebuilt on the adjacent property generously donated to The Red Tulip Project. 

“It just goes to show a change in our planned direction often leads to a better place,” said Christian as she recounted the project history to the women’s networking group. “So now we own a new, warm, solid, energy-efficient home to offer recovering residents,” she continued.

This house is 2,400 square feet with two bedrooms that will house the four residents with an office and another bedroom for the house mother. They will encourage a resident to stay two years or more if needed. Many local companies donated time and materials to build the home and are listed on redtulipproject.com.   

The mission of this Red Tulip Project (RTP) is to provide a sober, safe and “smart” environment for women on a path to independent living in Geauga County. The Red Key Network is a Geauga-based networking group of women who provide support, empower and celebrate, one another in business. To learn more, visit redkeynetwork.org.

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