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Ameri-Light Pizza Gives Women a Slice of Hope

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 Ameri-Light Pizza in Joplin is inspiring their employees to take a new bite out of life.

The pizzeria is part of a ministry, giving women who are trying to get on the right path a chance. 

After a long struggle with drugs, and losing her children, owner Juliet Hardee overcame her addiction finding God.

And now she wants to pay it forward.

"They can totally succeed. I had nothing...I mean absolutely nothing...borrowed cars and now I have job and I have self-worth,” exclaims Hardee.

Ameri-Light Pizza is serving up a slice of hope for people who were once just like Juliet and needed a second chance.

Amy Radford also struggled with drug abuse...was in and out of prison and rehab. She moved to Joplin when she found out about Ameri-Light.

“This program's worked for me and has changed my life completely because of this program,” states Radford.

Radford says she didn't even know how to boil water before working at the pizzeria.

"Being put in here...and it's hands on...cause we are all just a bunch of rookies trying to get our life back together, I have learned how to cook. And I'm the manager now. And I cook daily, all day, every day."

Four women work at the restaurant and customers say good pizza is just part of the reason they keep coming back.

"I think it's nice they're getting most of these women somewhere to work where they get a fresh start., they're not back in the lives they used to be in," says Spillman.

"If they've been abused they need someone they can count on, somewhere they can go, I think it's wonderful that they did this,” says Carver.

Workers not only learn a trade, but they learn from each other's struggles.

“We lift each other up, being in the same thing,” says Radford.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld, KOAM News. 
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