Leavitt, Wood County Commission discuss Hope Recovery Manor

Open house for Market Street facility set for Sunday

Photo by Brett Dunlap Priscilla Leavitt of the Junior League of Parkersburg discusses Hope Recovery Manor at Thursday’s Wood County Commission meeting.

PARKERSBURG — Hope Recovery Manor will be helping women recovering from substance abuse, Wood County officials were told Thursday.

Priscilla Leavitt of the Junior League of Parkersburg appeared before the Wood County Commission to discuss the new facility at 1016 Market St.

“The Junior League is reforming and the Junior League has always been about a project,” Leavitt said. “We research but it was staring at us right in the face.

“What is the need in the community? Helping with drug abuse recovery.”

The Hope Recovery Manor and its two-year program help women begin to learn how to live clean and sober after going through recovery, she said.

During the first year, up to 12 women will reside at the manor. They will be supervised 24/7 by an executive director, house manager and peer support staff.

In the Parkersburg area, several facilities and programs have begun to address the problem, Leavitt said, adding many of them cater specifically to men.

There are not enough facilities for women, she said.

The holistic program will provide healthy living experiences, teaching, counseling, employment assistance and spiritual encouragement.

After living in the manor for one year, they will begin to live on their own. To help them transition, they will receive $1,000 back from the program fees they will have paid during the first year.

The goal 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, Leavitt said.

“What we were hearing about was the relapse,” Leavitt said.

Relapse has usually occurred after six months of sobriety as people struggle to learn to live independently, she said.

Mastering a job, managing finances and developing healthy relationships are challenges that sometimes send them back to drugs, Leavitt said.

The 12 women at the manor will have a mentor for two years to support them during their residency and continue for the next year of independent living after they leave.

Services will include weekly individual counseling, weekly group counseling, yoga, parenting/relationship classes, money management and budgeting, meal preparation/shopping and job/work skills.

“Our goal is safe housing, teaching them and getting them into a (optional) faith-based program,” Leavitt said. “It is about teaching people to have self-respect.

“We want to encourage them so once they get back on their own, they don’t fall back into whatever led to their problems.”

The facility will be holding an Open House Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the location, 1016 Market St. in Parkersburg.

The commission has been bringing groups in to give them a forum to talk about what they do as people in the community may not be aware of what is available locally.

County officials want to create links on the county’s website to these organizations under a “Community Engagement” tab/listing. People would be able to go to the county website and look at listings to see if one of those organizations can help them with services.