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TROSA eyes $6 million

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By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers has launched a campaign to raise $6 million to build housing for 275 people and make other improvements at its 13-acre Durham campus.

TROSA, which assists recovering drug and alcohol abusers, already has raised more than $200,000 in cash, $150,000 in donated materials and another $200,000 in labor contributed by its residents.

Gifts include $50,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem and $25,000 from the Sunshine Lady Foundation in Wilmington.

TROSA will get $400,000 from the Stewards Fund in Raleigh if it can match it by raising another $180,000 in cash and pledges by the end of year.

Formed in 1994, TROSA provides housing for 300 residents and another 80 graduates in apartments and houses throughout Durham, and trains them in painting, brick-laying, catering and moving businesses.

CEO Kevin McDonald says he hopes in five years to offer training to people who want to begin similar groups in other communities.

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