Walk for Hope
A “Walk for Hope” is a walk or run, whichever you choose, that is meant to raise awareness for Fayette County’s drug epidemic. Our goal is to recognize community members that are in recovery, those who have lost the battle to addiction, or those that are ready to start their journey into recovery. At this event, there are resources available with information on the different programs offered in West Virginia. We are trying to decrease the stigma that surrounds substance use disorder to encourage Fayette County residents to reach out for help and see that recovery is possible. In lieu of a registration fee, we collect nonperishable food items and toiletries to donate to local organizations.
Our 2nd Walk for Hope was on May 8, 2021 at the Oak Hill Rail Trail. It was a great success! There were 75 people, including vendors and participants. Organizations that participated include Harmony Ridge Recovery Center, Rainelle Medical Center, BridgeValley Recovery Campus, WV4H, Workforce WV, Freedom Ministry, FMRS, Parents as Teachers, Active Southern West Virginia, and many more. Our event coordinator, Natasha Jones collected 3 boxes of non-perishable food items and 4 boxes of personal care items, which were donated to the Blessing Boxes in Fayette County.
To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, the State of West Virginia has partnered with CHESS Health to launch Connections, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.
In The News
WOAY News joined us for Walk for Hope 2021. Check out their news coverage on their website. You can also read up on our Press release describing the event in detail.