This past week, I had the privilege of delivering the first of our community give-back gifts. I went to Mountaineer Recovery Center in Kearneysville. MRC is a residential treatment facility for people struggling with substance abuse disorder. MRC opened in November of 2019 and was immediately filled to capacity.
To help meet the need MRC made plans to build an adjoining facility for women and children. That building is in progress. They will be able to house twelve women with children and about a dozen women without children. One part of their plan for the women’s center was to have multi-use garden area for prayer, reflection, and occasional programs. This part of the plan remained unfunded until Wednesday. Our gift of $25,000 will significantly aid in moving that part of the project along and help them secure the remainder of the needed funding.
When I delivered the check on Wednesday, I was given a tour of the work in progress. I even remembered to take pictures and those are posted below. The target date for completion of the women’s center is November of this year, and, as you can see from the pictures below, they are well on their way.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the MRC staff are Christians, including the director. They see all their clients as people created by a holy God, worthy of the help they need to live better, happier, more productive lives. It is a great joy to help them realize their goals as they seek to demonstrate a strong love of neighbor.
I encourage all of us to lift MRC and its staff up in prayer regularly. Helping people recover from substance use disorder is hard work, and their work is needed in our community. I am so grateful that God led our congregation to be so generous.