POINT PLEASANT — Prestera is moving closer to establishing its Laurelwood Recovery Home for men in Mason County.
According to Kim Miller, spokesperson for Prestera, the organization has two possible properties identified for possible lease in Mason County and are awaiting inspection results at this time.
Miller wanted to reassure the community, saying: “It may seem to the community that we are moving slowly…trust that that is not the case. We have to be sure we have a property we can live with when we lease because we are likely looking at a long-term lease arrangement.”
After the property is secured, the next steps will include renovations that will likely include installing a sprinkler system, fire alarm system, video surveillance equipment and getting furnishings. Prestera will be posting jobs, advertising jobs, interviewing/selecting staff and training that staff while the renovations are underway, Miller said.
Finding residents will be the last step and Miller added she didn’t anticipate having any problems with that because Prestera already has two, short-term recovery programs in Kanawha and Cabell counties where it helps Mason County residents.
Prestera operates these similar recovery homes, also called Laurelwood, in Huntington and Charleston - facilities which are basically homes to help those with addiction issues transition back into society and maintain their recovery. The home in Mason County will be a test, as it is the first of its kind in a less populated area.
Last year Prestera was approved for a $200,000 grant to operate the recovery home for men who have addiction issues but are at a high level of recovery. Prestera CEO Karen Yost said that $200,000 would be to operate the facility for one year and then if successful she would reapply for the grant. She added she felt if the program was a success, it would be more likely to continue to get funded and be sustainable.
Prior to applying for the grant, Prestera went to the community in Mason County to gauge support and received nearly 1,000 letters of support from government agencies, the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition and residents among others.