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Jobs and Hope: Program helps those in recovery

As we prepare to celebrate all for which we as families, communities and a nation should be grateful, it is important to remember the holidays are not an easy time for everyone. Those who are struggling sometimes find those difficulties increase as the rest of us are eager to carve our turkeys or plan holiday shopping. This holds true, too, for those who are working toward a fresh start as they break the bonds of addiction.

West Virginia’s Jobs and Hope program has been working toward alleviating some of those challenges, particularly with the West Virginia Game Changer program’s “Change Their Holiday” promotion to “ensure families recovering from opioid and substance misuse are provided the financial means to enjoy a happy holiday season.”

But something more important is in the works. With a revamped online presence, Jobs and Hope is meant to help those in recovery start the journey toward a good job. Finding employment is not always easy for those who are reinventing themselves after a troubled past, but there are partners willing to provide resources to help.

“As we were developing this new site, it was important that we incorporated the program’s many successes and shared real stories of those who have completed their journeys,” said Jobs and Hope WV Lead Transition Agent Deb Harris. “We hope these stories serve as inspiration and encouragement to those who are looking for guidance and a fresh start.”

Should you or someone you know be in need of its support, Thanksgiving and this holiday season are a perfect time to take advantage of it, at jobsandhope.wv.gov/start-your-journey/.

Inspirational stories, resources to begin the process and simply the knowledge that there is hope and an entire team rooting for those in recovery to rebuild their lives — we should all be thankful such a program is at work in the Mountain State.

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