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Woman gives back to program that helped turn her life around

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South woman who went through the HopeWorks program is now giving back.

"It's OK, even if you mess up, you can straighten it out," said Queen King, owner of Therapeutic Salon.

King learned that message over 18 years ago participating in the HopeWorks program.

"HopeWorks is a non-profit and faith-based organization that helps the chronically unemployed find work," said HopeWorks executive director Ron Wade.

King was introduced to the program by friends after struggling with addiction and homelessness.  Her troubles started early with parents that could not read and negative influences in school.

She said going to HopeWorks was a turning point in her life.

"Everything at that place was a game changer for me," said King.

Thought King said it was hard to beat her addiction, she made it through.

"I've learned to love," she said.  "How to trust people."

King said after she learned to love, she prospered.  She went to cosmetology school and spent years working before she decided to branch out on her own.

"We decided to go ahead and open up a salon," said King.

King is now giving back to the program that helped her through her darkest days.  Therapeutic Hair Salon and Scalp Clinic is going into its fifth year, and King takes interns from HopeWorks.

She recommended the program to anyone that needs guidance.

"All types of people could go there and get something from it," said King.

HopeWorks has around 80 students graduating from the program each year.

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