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Hope is the best ingredient at Smithville’s Comfort Café

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The Comfort Café in historic downtown Smithville is doing a lot more than serving tasty gourmet dishes: it’s changing people’s lives. Do not be shocked when you don’t receive a check at the end of the meal. The price of the meal is a pay-what-you-can donation to SerenityStar Recovery, and the staff is a group of courageous individuals who are making miraculous changes in their lives thanks to two big-hearted women. Local residents Teri Costlow and Rosie Lopez started SerenityStar Recovery, an addiction recovery program which goes beyond a treatment center, in 2009. The participants work through a 12-step program alongside alternative ...

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