Rev. Hyde named Hope Recovery Manor director

Hope Recovery Manor in Parkersburg received good news this week.

The Rev. Shauna Hyde was hired as the executive director of the Market Street facility that will provide a two-year program for women recovering from substance abuse.

And Hope Recovery Manor received approval for 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status, which will allow the program to seek grants and donations for operating the center.

Hyde hopes the manor, at 1016 Market St., can begin working with clients in October or November. Plans call for the women to spend a year at the manor and then receive another year of mentoring and counseling outside the facility.

The women must be on the way to sobriety, having received primary rehabilitation services earlier, to enter Hope Recovery Manor, officials said. The Junior League of Parkersburg is working with the manor board of directors on the project.

Hyde has a Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling and is the part-time pastor of Belmont United Methodist Church and Nine Mile United Methodist Church, both in Pleasants County. She had worked at the multi-church food pantry at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.

Hope Recovery Manor will be a great facility for the area, helping women in their recovery from substance abuse, Hyde said. People deserve a second chance or 500 chances to improve their lives, she said.

The support system to be provided at Hope Recovery Manor will be important in helping women to maintain their sobriety, Hyde said.

The 20th annual Carr K. Leavitt Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 24 at Golf Club of West Virginia raised about $5,300 for Hope Recovery Manor.

To contact Hyde about making a donation to Hope Recovery Manor or to have her speak to a community organization or church email hoperecoverymanor@gmail.com

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Parkersburg native Andrea Pitzer has just returned from an expedition to the Russian Arctic at Novaya Zemlya.

The journey to these “stark, beautiful, dramatic and phenomenal” islands in northwestern Russia is part of Pitzer’s research for her book “Icebound,” scheduled for publication next year. The book will chronicle the true story of Dutch sailors who were castaways in this isolated Arctic region 400 years ago.

Pitzer saw some of the cabin these shipwrecked sailors stayed in.

Pitzer, an author and journalist living in Falls Church, Va., graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1985.

She has written two books, “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps” and “The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov,” a 20th Century novelist, along with freelance articles for The Washington Post, GQ and Outside magazines and other publications.

Pitzer delves into “forgotten history to show why it matters today,” according to her website, andreapitzer.com.

Pitzer’s grandparents Bob and Ruby Pitzer owned and operated Pitzer’s Book Shop at Seventh and Market streets in Parkersburg in the building where attorney Bill Merriman now has his office. Bob Pitzer worked with the Parkersburg Homecoming.

Andrea remembers spending a great deal of time reading books at her grandparents’ bookstore.

Andrea also read books at the former Carnegie Library. She called the Carnegie a “wonderland of opaque glass-brick floors, huge columns and a spiral metal staircase” in an essay she wrote this year about growing up in the Pitzer bookstore.

The Carnegie Library was on Green Street in Parkersburg.

Pitzer said she appreciates the teachers and “really good education” at Parkersburg High School in the 1980s. As part of a gifted program at PHS, she attended a Model United Nations at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

She would later earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown.

Pitzer’s father, also named Bob, worked at DuPont. Her mother, then Shari Sturm, was a newspaper correspondent in Parkersburg and later worked for WTAP.

Ruby Pitzer, now in her 90s, lives in Rock Hill, S.C. Her husband, Bob, died in 2015.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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