Local shelter building new facility for those in addiction recovery

PARKERSBURG, W, Va. (WTAP) - A Parkersburg homeless shelter is making strides on a new facility that's two years in the making.

Latrobe Street Mission is building a new sober living center. The center will provide housing and job readiness services for those coming out of treatment programs. It will also be independent of the shelter.

Organizers say post treatment is a pivotal stage for recovery and this new facility will fill a need of stability for those in the area.

"Of how recovery best is to have a stable environment in which to grow through that process," Development Director Michele VanMatre said, "allow people to thrive, it allows them to develop stability, develop new relationships."

"It actually allows recovery to be a success instead of the continuing cycle where they reenter treatment."

Organizers based the new facility on the Oxford house model, which is a national recovery program with over 2,000 houses in the United States. Executive Director Steve Clay says they hope to have the center open by spring 2019.