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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP is working to advocate for greater access to mental health resources in the state of West Virginia, and to educate people about the signs that you or a loved one are in distress / in need of assistance. The Mid-Ohio Valley Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Parkersburg City Park in Parkersburg, WV. Listen to our extended Community Matters Interview with Area Director of the West Virginia chapter of AFSP, Amanda Farley, along with co-chair of the Out of the Darkness Walk, Jackie Scott:   Learn more at afsp.org/wv. Note, in Kentucky and West Virginia, you can reach the Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 988.
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Hillcrest-Bruce Mission is an outreach of the United Methodist Church in Ashland KY. They offer a wide range of services to meet people’s physical, educational, vocational, and spiritual needs. Their food pantry has been serving more and more people due to the rising cost of groceries. But they continue to see several success stories of people who come to the Mission to get the help they need, who then go on to improve their lives in significant ways. Because the Mission offers a variety of services, there are also a variety of ways you can help. Listen to our Community Matters interview with Executive Director, Mike Maynard:   To find out more about Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and ways you can get involved, go to their webpage.   ____________________________________________________
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Family Care Ministries “The motto of Family Care Ministries is Seeing Lives Transformed. Our vision is to offer hope where there seems to be none, and see individuals, families, communities, and our nation transformed by the power of the Gospel!” Family Care Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They offer residential addiction recovery programs for women and men in Ohio and West Virginia, speak to young people at school assemblies, and help people to grow in discipleship through mentorship and personal coaching. They were featured in the 2018 documentary, “Gateway to Hope: Overcoming Heroin.” Listen to our Community Matters Interview with president Josh Lytle:   Learn more at seeinglivestransformed.com
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Field of Hope Community Campus “Whether you are just beginning your journey or have been clean and sober for over 30 days and need a safe place to continue your recovery, Field of Hope can help meet your goals by meeting you where you are.” Field of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered with the state of Ohio and the Federal Government. They offer a residential addiction recovery program for women, and outpatient program for men, and they are expanding their ministry to address other needs such as employment preparations and food insecurity. Listen to our Community Matters Interview with CEO Kevin Dennis:   Located:     11821 State Route 160, Vinton, OH 45686 Phone:       740.245.3051 Find out more at [email protected]
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Heritage Farm in Huntington, WV, is committed to preserving the history of Appalachia in fun, interactive ways. They have a growing wildlife conservation program, including many rescued animals that are rehabilitating from illness or injury, and they seek to educate the public with the use of their Animal Ambassador program. Listen to our Community Matters Interview with Wildlife Education Director Rebekah Perry Franks: To learn more about Heritage Farm, check out their website: HeritageFarmMuseum.com.
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Hillcrest-Bruce Mission is an outreach of the United Methodist Church in Ashland KY. They offer a wide range of services to meet people’s physical, educational, vocational, and spiritual needs. Listen to our Community Matters interview with Executive Director, Mike Maynard: Assistance they offer: Food Housing, Daycare Clothing, Hygiene, Acquiring Glasses and Dentures Transportation Classes on Financial Planning, Cooking, and Other Independent Living Skills “Adopt a Child/Senior” Christmas Program AND MORE To find out more about Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and ways you can get involved, go to their webpage.   ____________________________________________________
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