As president of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, I had the opportunity last year to visit the present home to the Coulee Council on Addictions and visit with staff and leaders.

I was extremely impressed by the many ways they provide support and encouragement to people who are courageously attempting, one day at a time, to live life alcohol- and drug-free.

They had invited me to visit because they were connecting with various groups in the neighborhood to explore how we could all be mutually supportive and helpful. I could see that their present building was inadequate for all they wanted to do, but they were managing.

I was so glad to see that they are pursuing a new space that will be more adequate for their needs and those of their clients, and that they are planning to stay in our area.

Coulee Council on Addictions is truly an asset to our neighborhood. People have worked very hard over the years to make the Washburn neighborhood more family friendly. Many of the organizations in our area promote a healing and safe environment for all, including the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Viterbo University, the Boys and Girls Club, schools, neighborhood police officers and the community garden.

The Coulee Council fits right in.

I sincerely hope that the La Crosse Common Council will approve the rezoning so that the Coulee Council on Addictions can continue to pursue its mission of supporting people who are trying to reclaim their lives. An expanded presence would be a welcome addition to our neighborhood.

Sister Karen Lueck, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration