LEAD begins year with new programs and a change in leadership

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

January 24, 2014

The Logan Empowerment Action and Development (LEAD) Community Organization held their monthly Board of Directors meeting on Friday January 17, 2014. Several new programs coming to Logan County were discussed.

The first item on the Agenda was the addition of the new Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia. The Recovery Group is comprised of several addiction professionals and volunteers from the community who are committed to bringing recovery to those facing addiction in Logan County. The group has been holding weekly support groups for those facing addiction for some time and will now move on to open a series of sober living homes in the area.

“Our community is facing a crisis in addiction and we are losing our children one at a time to this horrible disease. I am so excited that we can help this program move forward.”, said Kay Tomblin LEAD President. The group signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Recovery Group which allowed them to begin fundraising.

“We have located our first home and will begin work soon to open the doors to the first sober living home in Logan County” said Pete Browning, President of the Recovery Group of Southern WV.

Other programs include a new gardening group that will start in the next couple months. At least 20 families will be recruited to start their own garden, or to adopt a plot at the local community garden. Supplies and other assistance will be provided to assist the family in growing a successful garden which could help support their own food sustainability.

The Board voted to accept a leave of absence from the founding Board President Richard Ojeda. Ojeda has filed to run for U.S. Representative in the third district and will be taking the leave to run his political campaign.

“I had to take a leave because the organization cannot be seen as supporting any candidate for office. I will still take part in working events like picking up tires or garbage, but I won’t be politicking.”

Kay Tomblin was inducted as Board President and continued the business of the meeting. Ms. Tomblin stated that she will continue to support the mission of LEAD and is looking forward to the future as the organization continues to grow.

Debbie Rolen may be reached at 606-625-3940 or on Twitter @DebbieRolen.