CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A local agency known for helping men struggling with drug and alcohol abuse get on their feet was in need of a little helping hand itself.
So, in its need, the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home turned to the Kanawha County Commission, which allocated $35,000 to the agency during Thursday's meeting.
The funds will be used to pay for bathroom repairs and carpet replacement at the home located in downtown Charleston. The money was allocated from the county's table game fund.
All three county commissioners thanked representatives from the agency for the work they have done in the community.
"It's just really impressive what you're doing there," Commissioner Dave Hardy said.
Last year, there were 51 residents participating in the program in an attempt to get sober, said Dave McFarland, executive director.
Of those, 41 have completed the program and are now working, he said.
Men participating in the program must undergo a 12-step program to reach sobriety, McFarland said. They are also randomly drug tested.
They also are expected to work and help out around the house.
"We're really proud of what we do, and we appreciate all the support from the community," McFarland said.
Commission President Kent Carper pointed out that the commission can only provide funds to outside agencies on a limited basis and that the group should not look at it as an "entitlement."
That said, Carper also thanked the group for its work and praised them for how well the organization is run.