During Tuesday morning’s meeting, the Raleigh County Commission approved two grants for Brian’s Safehouse and Sparrow’s Nest.
The grants, which each amount to $12,773 and came from the county’s $100,000 in CARES Act funding, will go toward both recovery facilities’ drug treatment programs.
Raleigh County Commissioners were careful where they allocated their CARES Act funding, giving grants to organizations like The Beckley Dream Center, The Carpenter’s Corner, The Raleigh County Commission on Aging and several others in the community.
Commissioner Ron Hedrick said the commission wanted to offer the grant “to any organization that was 503-C that served the public.”
Leon Brush, co-creator of Brian’s Safehouse, expressed his gratitude for the County Commission and explained how the facilities will utilize the funds.
“This is like a miracle and an answer of prayer for us,” he said. “We are just so grateful to the Raleigh County Commission and all citizens of Raleigh County that support the ministry of Brian’s Safehouse and the Sparrow’s Nest. This has been one of the hardest years for funding.”
Brush stated that the grants will go toward drug treatment programs that aid Raleigh County citizens, struggling with mental illness and substance abuse and unable to get the help that they would normally receive because of Covid.
“We feel like this is going to be a great boost for the residents of Raleigh County that are unable to receive help. The money will be used to give them food and clothing and enable us to continue our ministry.
Brush says that Brian’s Safehouse, which caters to men struggling with addiction, and Sparrow’s Nest, which caters to women, will continue to reach out to the community and maintain their ministry in “the middle of an economic slump.”
“This money just gives us the boost that we needed,” Brush told Lootpress. “Raleigh County residents and the community at large are so sensitive to our needs, and we appreciated their support. We know by hearing about this financial support that other people are doing their part to fight addiction and the pandemic simultaneously.”