Family & Crisis Intervention Center Region V Inc.
Website: www.fcichaven.org. Mailing address: Family Crisis Intervention Center, P.O. Box 695, Parkersburg, WV 26102; Phone: 304-428-2333 or 1-800-794-2335
Services include a 24-hour hotline; emergency shelter; individual counseling; advocacy; case management; sexual assault response advocate; Kids First Program- court-ordered child exchange and monitored visitation center; community education; crisis intervention; information and referral.
The program serves eight counties: Calhoun, 304-354-9254; Jackson, 304-373-0181; Pleasants, 304-684-5612; Ritchie, 304-643-2407, Roane, 304-927-3707; Tyler, 304-758-0869; Wirt, 304-275-8652; Wood, 304-428-2333.
Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department:
The health department facility is located at 211 6th St., Parkersburg; Phone: 304-485-7374. For more information go to the Website: www.movhd.com.
Toll-free phone number: 1-888-550-6797.
The health department provides the following services:
Clinical: Adult immunizations; childhood/adolescent immunizations; travel vaccines; testing for sexually transmitted diseases; HIV/AIDS testing and counseling; family planning; birth control; pregnancy testing.
Oral Health: Adult screenings, referrals and preventive services; Early Smiles, screening and prevention for ages 1-5 years; School dental education, screenings and sealants.
Environmental Health: Inspections and education of food service operations
Facilitate proper disposal of wastewater via permits and inspections of individual sewage disposal systems.
Education on eradication of disease vectors
Ensure proper operational practices of public swimming pools and spas
Education on and inspection of individual water supplies
Disaster Preparation, provide assistance with shelters and advice on general sanitation
Inspection of housing and institutions such as child care centers, schools, hotels/motels, mobile home parks, shelters, organized camps and bed and breakfasts.
Permitting and inspection of body piercing, tattoo and tanning studios.
Education and enforcement of Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health Clean Indoor Air regulations.
Education and investigation of vector-borne diseases
Investigate and detect outbreaks of communicable diseases
Tracks outbreaks and educate the public on prevention.
Women, Infant and Children Services: nutrition education and counseling; breast-feeding support; nutritious food; health screenings; medical referrals as needed available for pregnant women and children up to age 5.
Public Health: conduct Diabetes prevention classes and education
Train leaders and offer classes in Chronic Disease; Diabetes and pain self-management; work with individuals with Diabetes to set goals and reduce complications of Diabetes.
Collaborate with coalitions to improve the health of the community.
Respond to biological and natural disasters
Train and coordinate a volunteer emergency response team to assist in public health emergencies.
Pandemic flu preparedness.
WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation
For more information go to the foundation’s website: www.camdenclarkfoundation.org
For Community Health Needs Assessment Click Here
The Camden Clark Foundation was established in 1987 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In partnership with patients, physicians, employees, community leaders and philanthropists, the Foundation’s mission is to develop relationships and financial resources to support the health care programs, projects and services of Camden Clark Medical Center.
These funds enable the hospital to offer state-of-the-art care to its patients while underwriting its efforts to provide health services to the economically disadvantaged. This philanthropic partnership enhances Camden Clark’s ability to create a compelling work environment for physicians and staff, and offers fulfilling opportunities to donors and volunteers. It is through the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations that Camden Clark Medical Center is able to provide excellence in health care for its patients.
Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
Mission is to promote the well-being of children.
The agency’s offices are located at 1717 St. Mary’s Ave., Parkersburg.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 763, Parkersburg, WV 26101
Website: www.childhswv.org; Phone: 304-485-0650
The Arthur N. Gustke Shelter provides emergency, short-term care to youth ages 10-18. It takes care of their physical and emotional needs while more long-term solutions are sought.
CHS Programs offered include: Foster care; Adoption; transitional living programs; We Can Mentoring; Parents as Teachers; Birth to Three; Mid-Town Resources Center which provides a McKinley After-School Program; Summer Youth Program; food pantry and clothing closet and Partners in Prevention.
Birth to Three: service coordination for children under 3 years of age who may have medical conditions or other risk factors that can cause significant developmental delays.
Parents as Teachers: assists parents of children from prenatal through Kindergarten obtain age appropriate health and development information and support; enhances the parents’ role in their child’s language, social and motor skills development.
Right from the Start Program assists pregnant women and infants through one year old to be as healthy as possible providing support, education and aid in finding resources for families.
We Can Mentoring Program: matches youth ages 7-17 with an adult volunteer for a one-on-one mentorship. Mentoring provides children with a positive role model and helps build self-esteem, confidence, improve peer social skills, achieve academic success and encourages leadership in the community.
Safe at Home program provides service and support for youth and their families within their home community including assessment, care coordination, planning and implementation and transitioning families to self-sufficiency.
How you can help: Serve on the Advisory Council; become a foster or adoptive parent, or provide a Host Home; sign up to be a mentor; volunteer in the Mid-Town Family Resource Center; assist with fundraising and or event planning; contribute through monetary or in-kind contributions.
For more information go to the Website: www.mcdonoughfoundation.org.
The Bernard McDonough Foundation started in 1962 with one goal in mind, "To improve the communities within West Virginia."
The Foundation provides financial support to non-profits whose mission is to assist with basic human needs, including those that address basic health and social welfare. Over the last 54 years, the foundation has given out $40 million in grants. It covers all of West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.
Sisters Health Foundation, sponsored by the congregation of St. Joseph:
The Sisters Health Foundation promotes healthy and sustainable communities by providing resources, strengthening collaborative relationships and supporting initiatives that impact people in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Since 1996, the Sisters Health Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants.
The Sisters Health Foundation has two major grant programs: The Responsive Grant Program and the Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program.
The Responsive Grants Program is a competitive grants program in which applicants can apply for a project, capacity building, equipment or technology, small capital projects, or general operating support in support of the organization’s mission.
The Basic Needs/Direct Service Grants Program is a competitive grants program in which applicants can seek grants of $500 to $5,000. Organizations that provide direct service in the form of material aid such as food, personal needs items, and emergency assistance to low-income and vulnerable populations in our service area are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be: 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a public institution. The project or strategy must positively impact residents in one or more counties in the Foundation service area:
- West Virginia: Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, Wood
- Ohio: Athens, Meigs, Washington
The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley:
Information & Referral: Assisting individuals and families in obtaining or using services, information is provided and referrals made to appropriate organizations or agencies for requesting families.
Quality Assurance: The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley monitors the quality of services being provided, through participation in the development of legislation and regulations, serving on Human Rights Committees, serving on community and state-wide boards of agencies, and participating in planning efforts for services.
Legislative Policy: Working for systems change, staff, consumers, and volunteers are involved to identify needs for change and/or improvement and work to enact these changes.
The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley serves as the Regional Administrative Unit for an eight-county region, providing services to infants or toddlers under the age of three who have a delay in one or more areas of their cognitive, physical, social/emotional, adaptive, or communication development, or may be at risk of possibly having de- lays in the future.
The Department of Health and Human Resources, through the Bureau for Public Health and the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health, the lead agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Ac t(IDEA), assures that family centered, community-based services are available to all eligible children and families.
People First Self-Advocacy Group: Designed to empower people with disabilities to create change to improve their overall quality of life, by providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate for themselves including self-advocacy, self-determination, and leadership.
WV People First Conference: The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley leads and supports other state-wide self-advocacy groups in planning an annual conference that is designed to train and empower attendees to advocate for themselves within their own communities.
The Arc Thrift Shops: Nonprofit fundraisers of The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley are located at 906 Broadway Avenue, Parkersburg and 1915 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg. All proceeds from sales are used to provide programs and services to individuals with disabilities and their families, as well as provide training sites for student learning, opportunities for volunteer and community service hours, a source of free clothing or other items for those in need, and a source of low cost items for those with limited incomes.
Parent Education Opportunities: Providing detailed training opportunities for those involved in the day-to-day care and activities of our consumers, seminars and workshops are held frequently.
Mid-Ohio Valley Down Syndrome Association: Comprised of friends and families of individuals with Down syndrome, this group provides networking opportunities, distributes new parent packets, and acts as a resource for families.
TechLink: The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley implements TechLink, a project designed to link individuals with disabilities or problems conducting activities of daily living to assistive technology. Partially funded through a grant from West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems (WVATS) this tech team serves Roane, Ritchie, Wirt, Wood, Tyler, Pleasants, Doddridge, and Jackson counties.
People First Language & Disability Etiquette: Outreach to members, families, professionals, organizations, and the community-at-large with information on how to appropriately communicate about and with individuals with disabilities is provided by staff of The Arc. This is accomplished by conducting trainings, distributing literature, and modeling the appropriate behaviors.
Living Together: Designed at a 3rd grade level, this program incorporates a coloring book and presentations to elementary school classes to educate them on various disabilities and appropriate ways to communicate and inter-act with those with developmental disabilities.
Education: A key focus area of The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley is to educate the public on the causes of intellectual disability and reducing the prevalence through prevention. This is accomplished through the following:
Bicycle & Helmet Safety Program: Over the past eight years, approximately 3700 children with medical cards have been given a bicycle helmet at no cost, in an effort to keep them safer and healthier. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of brain injury, a leading cause of intellectual disabilities in the event of a crash or fall by almost 90%.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Community Education: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a cluster of permanent, non-curable brain disorders, physical malformations, including intellectual, and other disabilities, that is caused by women drinking alcohol during pregnancy. FAS is 100% preventable if the woman does not drink during pregnancy.
Emergency Planning: The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley educating individuals with disabilities, first responders and emergency planners, businesses, organizations, and agencies who serve individuals with disabilities on considerations that need to be explored for emergency/disaster planning for vulnerable populations.
Relationship Building, Money Management Trainings: Varying classes are designed and held to teach adult with disabilities skills they need to live independently and age-appropriately.
Summer Day Program: Elementary through Senior High school students who utilize special education services in the school system have the opportunity to attend a 6-week summer day program in an effort to provide social and recreation activities in inclusive settings to the consumers, as well as respite for caregivers and other family members.
Dances and Hayrides: These activities offer not only lots of fun, but a time for learning appropriate socialization skills, allow for recreational activities with others, encourage self-determination, and result in life-long friendships.
Health & Wellness Program: A healthy lifestyle means a lot more than just “not” having an illness or disability. This comprehensive Wellness program offers instruction and activities that are developed and presented at a cognitive level those we serve can understand. Designed to be adapted on many levels, the program has three focus areas: Health & Nutrition, Primary & Preventative Care, and Fitness & Recreation.
Secret Christmas Project: Each Christmas, volunteers are coordinated to bring Christmas Cheer to almost 250 youth and adults, in our community, with intellectual or related developmental disabilities who have demonstrated signify can’t financial need for a special care package at Christmas, and little or no support from family or friends.
Scholarship Program: Provided to students studying to pursue a career in a field that will be used to improve the lives of those with disabilities, The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley distributes scholarships to area college students for up to $2,000 full-time or $1,000 part-time.
Recreation & Leisure, Community & Civic Organizations, Faith-Based Community, and Volunteer Service: The “Inclusion For All” project works on the local and statewide levels to remove barriers to full inclusion for people with disabilities. This is accomplished by providing training on key issues, technical assistance and support, developing positive collaborations, and advocating for policy change.
The Parkersburg Comprehensive Treatment Center Opioid Use Disorder Program:
184 Holiday Hills Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104; 304-420-2400; www.westvirginiactc.com.
The PCTC Outpatient Treatment Programs: Outpatient Detox Treatment; Medication-Assisted Treatment; Methodone Treatment; Buprenorphine Treatment
Maintenance to Abstinence:
The center has outpatient treatment programs, including outpatient detox treatment, medication assisted treatment, methadone treatment, buprenorphine treatment and maintenance to abstinence.
The program has counselors, and physicians who work with the clients.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates provides leadership and inspiration for people to build permanent charitable resources for the communities served. PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.
Charitable Fund Creation: The PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who want to create permanent charitable funds to benefit our area. PACF manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets. Funds can be created that are flexible to support the changing needs of our community or that are designated for specific charitable purposes. Our staff is available to assist those who would like to explore how to give effectively and meaningfully to their favorite causes and charities.
Community Grantmaking: The PACF awards grants in the spring and the fall through its Community Action Grantmaking Program. Nonprofit organizations and government entities can apply for support for projects that address community needs. Grant application deadlines are February 15 and September 15; grant guidelines and the application form can be accessed through the PACF web site. The Foundation also awards grants throughout the year through Donor Advised Funds, based on recommendations from donors, and Designated Funds, to the specific charitable organizations that each fund is established to benefit.
Scholarships: Each spring, the PACF awards scholarships to individuals from throughout our service area who are pursuing post-secondary education. The annual scholarship application deadline is March 1. Scholarships are available for students pursuing all types of education, including four-year degrees, associates or technical degrees, and, in some cases, graduate studies. The scholarship application form is available each year beginning in December on the PACF web site.
Leadership Initiatives: The PACF responds to community needs and works on solutions through a variety of leadership activities. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program is designed to address the outmigration of educated young professionals by providing summer internships for college-aged students, combined with leadership activities designed to increase civic engagement among participants. The program has proven successful in connecting participants with local and regional job opportunities and securing employment regionally after completion of their education. The PACF works to build the capacity of area nonprofit organizations through its support of Nonprofits LEAD, a capacity building program administered through Marietta College, and Give Local, a one-day online giving programs that raises funds for more than 40 regional nonprofits organizations. The PACF also regularly convenes and engages area organizations and individuals concerns about food insecurity to work together on ways to address hunger in our communities.
Family Resource Networks:
914 Market St., Parkersburg, WV; Phone: 304-420-9574
Family Resource Networks are local coalitions of people working to better meeting the neds and improve services for children and families in their communities.
Services include: Adult Protective Services; Elder Abuse Awareness Day; Call Centers; centralized intake for Abuse; Child Welfare services; community resources; family assistance; Safe at Home West Virginia.
The Mentoring and Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) with the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) provides on-going services to youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system. The program also provides technical assistance to the Department of Health and Human Resources, group foster care residential facilities, specialized foster care agencies, youth, foster parents, and the community on independent living services for youth aging out of foster care.
For more information or to make a referral please visit the MODIFY website.
The Salvation Army of Parkersburg:
The Salvation Army of Parkersburg, 534 Fifth Street, Parkersburg, WV
Phone: 304-4529; Fax: 304-485-9605
Rental assistance; utilities assistance; clothing vouchers; furniture/household items voucher; eye exams; assistance getting glasses; Food pantry; Angel Tree
Adult Rehabilitation Center
The Salvation Army provides free transportation to one of our long-term treatment facilities with no cost to the individual or family.
Emergency Shelter/Transitional Housing:
Soupspoon Community Dinners:
Monday-Saturday, at 5 p.m.
Sundays, at 2 p.m.
Meals for One:
Meals delivered to those in the service area and in need
Monday through Friday
Cost is $1 a meal (subject to change)
Assistance available for those in need
Pathway of Hope:
An initiative to help families break the cycle of generational poverty.
A nonprofit organization
Location: 3007 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26104; contact phone: 304-485-7113 or 800-595-7113.
Little Kanawha Resource Conservation & Development
Offices are located in the main Mountwood Park administration building, 1014 Volcano Road, Waverly, WV 26184-9777
Website is under construction
Facebook: Project Sharing
Project Sharing warehouse: 2309 Gihon Road, south Parkersburg; contact phone: 304-893-9723
Service Area: Wood, Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel and Wirt counties.
Through Project Sharing, the RC&D partners with organizations and businesses to provide supplies to nonprofit organizations to assist those in need or the underserved. This is the 13th year for this program. The project is housed in the large warehouse in the fenced in area at 2309 Gihon Road. The warehouse is open for nonprofits to shop on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nonprofits who wish to obtain the merchandise available at this site need to fill out an application which is available on site. Items at the shop include everything from office furnishings to clothing and school supplies.
The group just completed a second year for a Garden Program. Through this program, gardening space is offered to anyone who would like to garden, the available garden space includes a greenhouse on site.
Located at 1007 Mary St., Parkersburg, WV 26101; www.swresources.com; or call 304-428-6344.
Mission: To provide vocational services, employment and other opportunities for individuals who have disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential.
Vision: To be a financially sound, professionally managed organization offering services that empower individuals who have disabilities by increasing their choices and opportunities in our community.
SW was founded in 1964 by The Arc and the Junior League of Parkersburg, the organization started with two clients and a card table. The agency moved to Mary Street in the late 1960s and began construction on the newer facility in the 1980s.
The organization has a dedicated team of professional staff extensively trained in vocational rehabilitation; 45 full-time staff members provide individualized services to more than 250 individuals.
A broad array of services is provided by SW Resources’ client employees including work skills assessment; community-based assessment; job coaching; direct placement life skills training; work adjustment training; I/DD Waiver services which include behavior support professional; facility-based day habilitation; pre-vocational training, and supported employment. Support services include case management; job development; an enrichment program; support and educational groups, and social and recreational activities.
The Divisions of SW Resources include: SW Industries; Janitorial Services; SW Graphics; Mail Plus; Marble Tree which specializes in creating artwork from recycled items including mosaics; lanyards; woven items and jewelry.
The organization also offers state and federal fingerprinting and background checks.
Located at 1800 30th (Broad) Street, Parkersburg, WV
Phone: 304-485-5585; Fax: 304-485-5590; Website: https://parkersburgymca.org/
Community-focused nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs and services for all ages.
The YMCA stands for youth development, heathy living and social responsibility.
The YM offers free child care for members when they are using the YMCA facilities; offers a pool; gymnasium; shelter and field; many sports/recreation opportunities including Lacrosse; afterschool programs; Pickleball; youth basketball; volleyball; wallyball and Racquetball courts, and swimming.
A variety of fitness classes are offered including cycling; Pilates; modified water aerobics; Silver Sneakers; Zuma, Karate, and Yoga.
There are workouts aimed at active, older adults; strength training exercise with cardio activities; choreographed exercise, weightlifting class, and trim and tone classes.
Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home:
Located at 1030 George St., Parkersburg, WV 26101. For more information including the admissions process, and volunteer opportunities go to the Programs’
The phone number is: 304-485-3341.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home is a residential recovery program for men and women, including those with children. The organization assists clients with sober re-entry into community, work and family. During an individual's stay, they provide stable, safe, and sober housing, balanced nutrition, parenting skills, employment preparation and assistance, and sober living skills for maintaining long-term sobriety. Twenty-four hour staffing is provided.
Mission: To provide a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for people who suffer from alcoholism or other chemical addictions. The MOV Fellowship Home allows sufficient time for withdrawal/detoxification and then develops a personal recovery program and plan for re-entry into the community, work and family.
Philosophy: Our belief is that alcoholism and addiction is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease with psychological, environmental, and often genetic factors. We believe the 12-step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are spiritual programs that positively impact one's life in a very profound sense.
The 6-12 month men's program has been the start of a new life for thousands of men since the fellowship’s doors first opened in 1971. The program allow clients to gain the necessary tools to lead a sober, productive and healthy life. It is available for men ages 18 years and older whose struggle with substance use brings them into contact with the legal system. The program promotes clients taking ownership of their lives and the choices they make to succeed at breaking the cycle of addiction and contact with the legal system.
The 6-12 month women's program is a structured and individualized residential program which provides substance abuse services for females, ages 18 and older. Women in recovery for drugs and/or alcohol enter the program to gain the necessary tools to maintain sobriety and rebuild their lives.
Women in recovery for chemical dependence, with the need to heal from the trauma of domestic violence and are homeless or at risk of homelessness, qualify for the long-term residential recovery program. This sober living home provides a safe and secure environment where clients practice their new sober living skills in a less structured residential support program.
There is another program targeted for women ages 18 years and older, with dependent children, who are in need of structure to maintain sobriety and be a healthy, nurturing mother. With the guidance offered through the program, clients find the courage and strength to embrace a clean and sober lifestyle, and become the parent their child deserves.
The local program also offers a program for men with children; fathers who have custody or extended visitation of their child may have their child reside at the facility. The 6-12 month residential program promotes positive outcomes for fathers and their families, such as better father-child relationships, improved communication between dad and the child's mother, and access to various community supports and services.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home is always in need of volunteers. Here are some ways individuals in the community can participate: contribute or help raise funds for clients; become a temporary 12-step sponsor or mentor; help with administrative office tasks like filing or data entry; assist with fundraising efforts; organize and create Excel spreadsheets for projects; be a speaker at one of our meetings; lead sports or recreation activities with clients; teach clients a new skill like cooking, sewing; help as fitness instructor; assist with planning and coordinating events; conduct community outreach on behalf of the organization.
Red Cross: West Virginia Region:
Located at 220 8th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101; phone: 304-485-7311; 1-844-216-8286; www.redcrosswv.org
Mission: To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Vision: Through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, the Red Cross is always there in times of need, assisting those affected by disaster providing care, shelter and hope.
There are nine Red Cross offices in West Virginia.
The Red Cross provides disaster response; sponsors the Home Fire Campaign to provide free smoke alarms.
Preparedness, health and safety programs through training courses are offered such as first aid; CPR; AED; water safety and babysitter’s training as well as emergency and first aid information from mobile app downloads.
The Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood in the U.S., providing nearly 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
A Red Cross Hero Care Mobile App is available, it provides instant access to Red Cross services for military personnel. The App enables users to initiate a request for emergency services including ability to generate an emergency message; show how to access non-emergency assistance including financial help and educational workshops; provides local resources and information in the community; stores military member info in case of emergency and connects with other mobile tools including the Emergency App; First Aid App and Blood Donor App.
The Red Cross is always looking for more volunteers.
Hope Recovery Manor
1016 Market St., Parkersburg; check out their Facebook Page, and web site: https://www.hoperecoverymanor.org
Program Overview: The Hope Recovery Manor Inc. and its two-year program is a way to help women begin to learn how to live clean and sober after going through recovery. During their first year, up to 12 women will reside at the Manor, at 1016 Market Street. They will be supervised 24/7 by an Executive Director, House Manager and peer support staff. The holistic program will provide healthy living experiences, teaching, counseling, employment assistance, spiritual encouragement and more. After living in the Manor for one year, residents will transition to independent living.
From the program fees they will have paid, the clients will receive $1,000 to help them with initial costs. The plan of the program is to establish them into a stable living environment with a sustainable job as they continue to receive counseling and mentoring through the Hope Recovery Manor Program.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program, please keep checking back for more information on the referral criteria and process, which is currently in development. (Basic criteria will include but is not be limited to: over 18 years of age, six-months of sobriety, and must be referred.)
Program Founding: Spearheaded by the Junior League of Parkersburg, a Board of Directors made up of knowledgeable and caring community leaders, was formed. The group has been meeting since October 2018 and has:
- Applied for a 501(c)3 non-profit tax exemption
- Formulated a plan of action
- Located and furnished a building ready to house the program
- Written grants for a one-year residential program to help women maintain sobriety
The Junior League knows that for many people a short-term substance abuse rehabilitation treatment is not enough. There are too many documented cases where relapse occurs after six months of sobriety as people struggle to learn to live independently. Mastering a job, managing finances and developing healthy relationships are challenges that sometimes send them back to use drugs again.
The Hope Recovery Manor Program is a 12-month residential program designed to increase women’s self-esteem and teach them the skills to live and work well. Having the confidence they can attain their goals and believe in themselves because they can see their successes, helps ensure their choice of living without drugs becomes a life-long choice.
The women will learn to shop on a budget and learn how to prepare healthy food together. They will learn to work in the community and hold each other accountable. Random drug testing is also a part of the program.
The 12 women will also have a mentor assigned for two years to support them during their residency and continue for the next year of independent living. Each one will meet with a counselor/consultant to prepare for sustained employment. A pastor will come each week to share individually or with the group for those who wish to participate.
The women will be required to attend four 12 – Step recovery meetings and life-skill classes each week which will include:
- Weekly individual counseling
- Weekly group counseling
- Parenting and relationship classes
- Money management and budgeting
- Meal preparation and shopping
- Job/work skills
Monetary donations are appreciated; volunteers are always needed, contact the facility for more information, or check out the web site.
Senior Living Help
Senior Living Help is an organization that provides senior living assistance to the elderly. Senior Living Help assists West Virginia senior citizens, their family members and caregivers in finding appropriate senior living and care facilities. Many elderly adults are no longer able to be cared for at home, so finding a senior living facility with caring and loving staff becomes necessary. This is when residents can come to us for help.
Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley
Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which is a community-based initiative assisting families in poverty to achieve their goal of self-sufficiency through education and supportive friendships with mentors, or “Allies.”
The mission is to: Build circles of support that strengthen the community by inspiring and equipping families in their effort to transition out of poverty.
The local initiative uses a national model developed by Move the Mountain Leadership Campaign. The Circles model started in 2000 as a way to increase the capacity of communities to address poverty. The approach combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, coaching, grassroots leadership, SMART goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development.
Each person or family begins the program in a 16-week Circle Leader class which uses curriculum in which they learn to use the hidden rules of class to build up financial, emotional, and social resources, and examine the causes of poverty in their community. Bridges Out of Poverty is a training program that provides Allies with tools to address poverty and teaches the hidden rules of class. Weekly Community Meetings gather Circle Leaders, Allies, and other interested community members to provide support and networking opportunities. At Big View Meetings held once per month, causes of poverty in the community are addressed, including community and systemic barriers.
For more information go to the group’s Website at: http://www.circlescampaignmov.org, and check out the group’s Facebook Page.