BUCKHANNON - The Hall Neighbors' House - a program helping residents with drug and alcohol addictions - will cease operations on Saturday until another organization or agency can adopt the program.
The Upshur Parish Cooperative, the agency that administered funding and the Hall House activities, made a choice not to re-apply for grant funding for the program, Lynne Snyder, a recovery coach for the program, said.
The Hall Neighbors' House Advisory Board and the recovery coaches are optimistic that the closure is only temporary, according to a press release from the Advisory Board. The release states that the recovery community may transition into a new partnership.
"We're still hopeful because there are options that some other agency might pick us up and take us on - adopt us," Snyder said.
The organization must operate with a non-profit partnership, a 501C3 organization, that is willing to act as a conduit to receive grant funding on behalf of the Hall Neighbors' House, Snyder said, adding that the grant funding requires that it must be received and distributed through that type of organization.
"I believe it's called a pass through, like a guardianship," Snyder said.
The Hall Neighbors' House Recovery Coach Program has serviced Upshur, Randolph, Barbour and Tucker counties. The organization has offered education, peer support, leisure activities, leadership development, life skills and wellness programs.
"I just feel some sadness," Snyder said. "I'm thankful for what we had the ability to achieve while we had the program."
Snyder said the Hall Neighbors' House program is a sort of family resource network for sobriety. She said the organization's recovery coach program was founded by the governor's office, and training began more than a year ago. The program coaches those with recovery issues in relation to addictions, which can include - but are not limited to - drug and alcohol addiction, Snyder said.
"We try to give people alternative solutions to recovery, whether it's from alcohol, drugs or gambling. Any form of addiction can be treated with this program," she said.
However, effective this Saturday, those programs and services hosted by the Hall Neighbors' House will - at least until further notice - no longer be available.
"For three years, Hall Neighbors House has been a haven where those dropping in could converse with other visitors, have a bite to eat, do their laundry, participate in games, consult with recovery coaches and learn of community activities and advantages through the 'grapevine,'" Snyder said in a press release.
"It is important that our memories reflect the results of a vision for the betterment of the surrounding area. We encourage you to share them and offer thanks for the times that brought us together as neighbors," Snyder said.