Laura Fox, executive director for the Crossroads for Women Recovery Home and the STOP Coalition, which is Mingo County’s coalition for drug-free communities, came to the Logan County Commission to request assistance with an expansion of the Crossroads for Women Recovery Home, which is based in Gilbert.
“We are located in Gilbert. We serve Logan and Mingo counties primarily. We recently partnered with Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health and we received a grant from the Behaviorial Health and Health Facilities in Charleston. This is an opportunity that the southern coalfields has never had before, to have funding on this level for operations. Now we are faced with raising money to add on to the facility that we have to make it large enough to accomodate the extra women,” Fox said.
“I realize $10,000 is a large request, but this is a once in a career opportunity to see a program grow in this manner and to have the support that it has on the state level. With the new partnership, we will be seeing a lot more influx of Logan County residents into our program, and I am asking for the commission to support our program and help us to expand.” said Fox.
Fox said 20 percent of their clients are currently from Logan County, with that number likely to increase with the new partnership.
Commission President Danny Godby said, “We have had a decline in our coal severance as of late and even since I last spoke of this, we have a coal company that is leaving. We want to help. Possibly, we can do some now and then look at it at a future time and see how our money goes.”
Fox told the commission the project is scheduled for completion by June.
“Logan Healthcare Foundation gave us a significant amount to get started. We plan to use some volunteer labor that we’ve worked out and some discounted materials. Anything you can give us we will be greatly appreciated and then later on, we will need furniture. Whatever support you can give,” said Fox.
The Crossroads Recovery Home for women currently has 10 beds and the expansion will double its capacity to 20.
Women stay at the facility six months to one year.
“This is a long-term recovery program. The women have to be clean when they come, having gone through detox before they come,” said Fox, “We help them get back on their feet. We work on housing, CPS cases involving children. We have seen over 20 children reunited with their mothers through our program. That is one of our biggest goals, and one of our biggest accomplishments is reuniting families.”
Commissioner Danny Ellis made a motion to donate $2,000, which was approved.
Any woman expressing a sincere desire to stay “clean and sober” may be eligible for admission for placement in the home. Each individual must meet certain requirements before being accepted as a resident. Upon meeting these criteria, an individual can be accepted into the home without regard to race, nationality, disability, or religious background.
For more information on Crossroads, call (304) 664-2700.