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A ribbon cutting ceremony held Thurs., June 5, opened up Logan County's first Sober Living Home. The home will temporarily house those who are recovering from drug or substance abuse as they continue their recovery to a sober, productive lifestyle. Among those cutting the ribbon were members from the Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia, representatives of the Prestera Center, Raamie Barker, and several local religious leaders.
A ribbon cutting ceremony held Thurs., June 5, opened up Logan County's first Sober Living Home. The home will temporarily house those who are recovering from drug or substance abuse as they continue their recovery to a sober, productive lifestyle. Among those cutting the ribbon were members from the Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia, representatives of the Prestera Center, Raamie Barker, and several local religious leaders.
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The Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thurs., June 5, at 3 p.m. for the opening of their new sober living home. The home, located in the old West Virginia State Police Barracks at Cherry Tree, will house those who need somewhere to stay while undergoing rehabilitation from drug or substance abuse.


Pete Browning, Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia board president, welcomed those attending the event and introduced the speakers. Among the speakers was Karen Yost and Tim White, both with Prestera Center, Raamie Baker, Senior Advisor to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and several members of the recovery group.


“God has blessed us: a perfect location, a perfect facility,” Pete Browning, Recovery Group Of Southern West Virginia board president, said. “I drove by this place for a year and already had this imagined.”


RGSWV, a community based group that offers a 12 step, Christ-centered program for anyone suffering from addiction, depression, anger, or any other type of mental illness, is an incubator program under LEAD (Logan Empowerment Action and Development). RGSWV has an independent board of directors monitored by and accountable to LEADs board of directors. All donations are received through LEAD.


“About five months ago we formed a board,” Pete Browning, Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia board president, said. “We got incorporated just a couple of months ago. We are running completely, 100 percent, on donations from the people of Logan County, southern W.Va., Boone and Mingo. We got people from Texas sending us donations that once lived here”


RGSWV has board members who will also be working for Prestera. The two, along with the county commission, public officials, the police and Sheriff Porter, as well as Logan Mingo Mental Health, Logan Regional Medical Center and the local recovery homes, will be networking together to help Logan Co.


After the ceremony, a tour of the home was given to those in attendance.


Members of RGSWV also currently meet for the “Stepping into Freedom” recovery classes every Monday at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Fellowship Hall in downtown Logan across from the Day Report Center.


For more information, contact Pete Browning at pete@recoveryswv.org or 304-239-6163.


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