Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home was created in 1967 to provide transitional care to men in Beckley, West Virginia. Men reside in the home for six to 18 months and are required to attend 12-step meetings, perform community service, obtain employment and take part in life skills and psychoeducation classes. The Fellowship Home seeks to practice “a straightforward, no-nonsense approach” and operates as somewhat of a hybrid between sober living and residential treatment.
Accommodations and Food
Up to 18 men can live in the well-kept brick residence. Residents have roommates, though some singles may be available to men in the later stages of the program who’ve earned them as a reward. The home has a modest décor and features cable TV, Internet access and free weights. Most clients also keep TVs in their rooms. Clients can use personal cell phones and computers after their first 30 days in the facility.
Residents alternate through chore assignments, which include weekly grocery shopping and communal food preparation.
Treatment and Staff
Each client is assigned a case manager and recovery coach who guide their progress through the five phases of the program. In the first phase, they are required to attend 18 12-step meetings each week, both on-site and in the community, as well as perform community service and seek employment. While the 12-step meeting requirement is reduced over time, clients must attend at least seven meetings a week as long as they’re in residence.
Throughout treatment, clients’ case managers share weekly evaluations with them on their progress. Clients also meet with CCAR-trained recovery coaches at least twice a month to process recovery issues and review recovery homework.
Residents partake in classes that address nutrition, hygiene, decision-making skills, anger management, sexual health and relapse prevention. In the late phases of treatment, they also work through the Living in Balance curriculum. The house staff and recovery coaches are also in recovery and many were once residents of the Fellowship Home. Many of the coaches also have additional training in handling trauma and providing culturally-sensitive peer support.
The program’s director is a Master’s-level therapist; however, he does not run treatment groups at the home. Clients who’d benefit from processing groups or are in need of dual diagnosis support are referred to a nearby mental health clinic.
Family members can visit the home at designated times. The home hosts movie nights and staff often take residents on recreational trips including bowling, rafting and rock climbing.
The Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home has enabled hundreds of men to begin to rebuild their lives in recovery since it opened its doors in 1967. The home requires a significant commitment of time and attention to recovery education and life skills training, but its compassionate staff of case managers and recovery coaches make sure that each resident knows he has advocates helping him reach his full potential.
Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home
201 Woodlawn Ave
Beckley, WV 25801
Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home Cost: $250 (per month; may be subsidized if not employed). Reach Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home by phone at (304) 253-1441. Find Southern West Virginia Fellowship Home on Facebook and Twitter
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