“Everything’s completely different now. I work, I’m able to pay my bills, I just got a place,” she said. “I actually have a chance in the future.”

Buried in debt to landlords, utilities, and credit cards, Misti Kawasaki enrolled in the Amethyst Women’s Addiction Treatment Program in pursuit of a fresh start for her health and well-being. One of Misti’s main goals in treatment was to find a way to be debt-free and financially secure so she would have the resources necessary to support her continued recovery.

While at Amethyst, she met David and Suzanne Tyack, a judge and an attorney, who suggested she contact the Legal Aid Society of Columbus for help filing for bankruptcy to get a fresh start.

When she met LASC staff attorney Melissa Linville, she knew that her future was in the right hands. “She informed me of everything, the whole process, and what I needed to collect, and if I couldn’t collect stuff she’d help me figure it out,” Misti recalled. Melissa was patient and reassuring to Misti as they prepared to file her bankruptcy petition, all while she continued her recovery in Amethyst. “She was really helpful. Every time I called, she’d answer. If I emailed her about something, she always got back to me right away.”

Misti’s bankruptcy was finalized and her debts discharged in October 2016. She left Amethyst with her goals achieved. Misti is finally able to see a future for herself and is working to save money for a car.

“Everything’s completely different now. I work, I’m able to pay my bills, I just got a place,” she said. “I actually have a chance in the future.”

 

 

 

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