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The Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia will host its first annual Relay for Recovery Walk-a-thon on Sat., September 13 beginning 8 a.m. at Chief Logan State Park’s Shelter no. 2.

The Recovery Group of Southern West Virginia is a community based group dedicated to serving those who desire freedom from addiction and any life-controlling issue. The group has programs such as sober living homes, peer mentors and 12-step recovery classes. The group is a Christian-based organization, and their motto is 1 Corinthians 13:8 — Love never fails.

The walk-a-thon, which is being organized by Angel Rice, was created to help fund the continuing operation of the Recovery Group, including plans for a women’s recovery home in Logan County. Pete Browning, creator of the Recovery Group says a women’s home is much needed in the county.

“I work with the drug court, so I see them every day,” Browning said. “And women are more likely to ask for help than men are. The closest place we have in the area is Crossroads for Women in Gilbert, and their waiting list is backed up.”

Browning said that now is a great time to open up a women’s home because there is now an abundant presence of women on the board to guide the project. As of now, they have the Oakley house (located on Stratton Street beside of LB&T) on hold until after the walk-a-thon. The group hopes to raise at least $15,000 at the walk-a-thon for a down payment on the house.

“We are believing that by the end of the year we will have everything in place for the women’s facility,” Browning said.

According to Browning, most of the services provided at the men’s home, New Beginnings, are the result of donations from churches, organizations and individuals throughout the community who wish to see the organization succeed. Very similarly, they will have to rely on donations to help bring this women’s facility into fruition.

The original deadline to sponsor the walk-a-thon was set for August 18. However, Browning said they will extend that to the end of this week for anyone else who is interested in sponsorship. There are three packages available for potential sponsors with varying benefits. Those packages range from $250-1,000. More detail can be found on the New Beginnings- Relay for Recovery Walkathon Facebook page.

Those interested in walking still have time to get involved.

“They can accept donations up until the day of the walk,” Browning said.

For those who are unsure about the walk-a-thon structure, it goes a little something like this: a “walker” finds sponsors who are interested in funding the cause (in this case, long-term recovery). The sponsor commits to donating a certain amount of money per mile the participant walks with a maximum pledge attached (a set donation will also be accepted). The participant will then participate in the walk-a-thon and return to the sponsors to collect donations. (FYI: all contributions are tax deductible).

Anyone that would like to be a sponsor for the “First Annual Relay for Life Walk-a-thon” but isn’t available to walk can mail donations to Angel Rice at 215 Myrtle Webb Road, Chapmanville WV, 25508.

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