The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 11, 2013

Fundraising dinner for recovery safe house scheduled for April 18

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Brian’s Safehouse, a faith-based facility to aid men recovering from drug addition, will hold a fundraising banquet April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward a capital campaign to improve and expand the facility.

Leon Brush, who co-founded the safe house with his wife, Donita, said 75 percent of addicts who finish Brian’s Safehouse’s 13-month program stay sober in contrast to 10 percent of recovered addicts who remain clean after going through a state system.

“We are doing a lot of things right. We know we can help addicts. We just don’t have the funds to help enough addicts,” said Brush.

Currently the safe house has 10 beds and there is a constant waiting list.

“On Tuesday, I received four calls. We receive daily inquiries from people who are struggling with addiction and don’t know where to turn. We need more safe houses. We are at an epidemic level right now. I’ve never seen this many people looking for help since we opened our doors in 2008. And this is only a men’s facility. If we were entertaining calls for men and women, we would see twice as many people looking for help,” he said.

Mark Phaw, staff person at Brian’s Safehouse, said the organization hopes to use funds to pay off their land purchase, refurbish some of the buildings on their properties and create space for more beds.

In addition, they hope to revamp their barn, which is used to house chickens and goats that the recovering men take responsibility for.

Tickets to the dinner are $25 and should be purchased before Monday, April 14, at the Christian Book Store on North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley or by calling Brian’s Safehouse, 304-763-7655.

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