By Casey Crowley

Danean Riley, 54, was a drug addict for 20 years.

Now after almost 23 years of sobriety, she wants to provide more help for those in addiction recovery. With help from the Baker City and Halfway communities, Riley is opening One Transition At A Time.

The nonprofit organization is housed at 2425 10th St., the former 10th Street Market building and acts as an upcycle art gallery and goods shop as well as a women’s sober living home.

Upcycle is in the process of taking materials that would normally be thrown away and finding a use for them. For Riley that use is art.

“We have to change the way we think about what we throw away,” Riley says.

The most common art Riley makes includes drawers with broken, everyday items in them and painted a single solid color that hang on the wall. Some of which are currently on display at HatchLab.

In her time preparing to open the shop, Riley has made nearly 300 pieces of art to sell. In addition to selling the art at the shop, Riley plans to sell it through her website.

“People either like them or hate them,” she said.

She also creates sock monkeys and other types of art. During Miners Jubilee this year, the business plans to have an upcycle art contest.

One Transition at a Time also will provide what Riley calls a sober home that will house up to six women. The only requirement is that they are clean and sober. There are three bedrooms, each with a bunk bed.

While Riley doesn’t have anyone reserved to move in once the home opens, she plans to go with the flow and trust that things will fall into place.

“Its hard to be clean and sober in a community where you have been drinking and using (drugs). So it’s important that we surround ourselves with people who aren’t doing that,” Riley said.

She and the other volunteers at the business also will help teach those who live in the home important life skills such as cooking, sewing, art and more. Some of the skills Riley teaches are as simple as sewing a button onto a pair of pants or a jacket.

See more in the March 29, 2019, issue of the Baker City Herald.

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