The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 21, 2013

Voice of faith

Group opens center to help those struggling with substance abuse

BECKLEY — One Voice, a faith-based organization that strives to help those struggling with substance abuse, has opened its doors in Raleigh County.

After seeing a great need in the area, the Wyoming County organization decided to expand its reach to Raleigh County at its new location, 613 S. Kanawha St. in Beckley.

“We are a faith-based resource center, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Diane Sumpter, with One Voice. “We are very excited to be in Raleigh County. We are urging the community to come together.”

Whether you are battling addiction yourself or have a loved one facing these challenges, Sumpter invites everyone to come to One Voice for information and guidance.

Doug and Linda Epling donated the house located on South Kanawha Street in hopes that One Voice and Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse can make a difference in the area.

“We’re thankful to be a part of this,” Doug said. “These volunteers have worked hard to make this a possibility, and it’s truly a blessing.”

Local and state officials joined the ribbon-cutting celebration Saturday, including Mayor Emmett Pugh, Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner, Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems, Assessor Drema Evans, Raleigh County Circuit Judge Hutchison, Congressman Nick Rahall, and representatives from the offices of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin.

“We are so happy to welcome you with open arms into Raleigh County,” Rahall said. “We’ve seen such great work from One Voice in Wyoming County.”

He thanked the volunteers, the law enforcement, and the judiciary system in the area for doing their part, but he said to combat this epidemic, we have to start with prayer.

“As we look at what needs to be done, there is no magic wand to wave and resolve the problem. We have to work together. We’re partners in this.”

Director Rebecca Smith also spoke during the ceremony, as she recalled the struggles her family has faced with prescription drug abuse.

“We must pray for those addicted, because they can’t stop on their own,” an emotional Smith said.

For more information, contact Smith at 304-712-8515 or Debra Davis at 304-923-6819.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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