After the recent five year anniversary of Amy Winehouse‘s death, her foundation is opening a shelter for women at risk of following in her footsteps. The home is for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and is aptly named Amy’s Place.
Winehouse died in July 2011 at 27 of alcohol poisoning. Winehouse’s age, talent, and reputation as a tortured artist, puts her in the woeful 27 club with the likes of Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.
Winehouse’s belting voice of soul, sass, and sensitivity made her an instant icon. Winehouse is one of the most colossal talents of our time. Her 2003 debut jazz album Frank shot her to stardom, while the 2006 Back to Black is one of the UK’s best selling albums of the century.
Amy’s Place has the goal of supporting and helping the recovery of women suffering from addiction. In East London, the shelter will give the girls a second chance at a full life. According to the BBC, those staying at Amy’s Place will have a home there for up to two years.
The women will already have been through treatment to get them sober. Their next stop will be a safe place to heal and fight the fear of co-dependancy or relapse. Amy’s Place will be one of the few centers for addiction in the UK that emphasizes the support of women.
Recently, a documentary about Winehouse brought her story of addiction back into the limelight. The 2015 documentary Amy features heartbreaking and incredible footage of private moments from her life. The documentary displayed her off-beat honesty and raucous relationships. Watching her highs and lows is both eye-opening, and all-too familiar.
Amy Winehouse’s signature beehive, swooping curtain of eyeliner, and booming vocals cannot be forgotten. Her foundation aims to keep her memory alive — as well as to ward off losing a woman like her again.
The home will open on the 22nd of August.
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