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Rea of Hope's two newest homes already occupied

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rea of Hope now has four transitional homes on Charleston's East End for women who are recovering from alcohol or drug addiction.

The nonprofit organization, which promotes self-sufficiency, held a ceremony on Friday to open its two new locations on Beauregard Street.

Rea of Hope purchased the home next door to its New Life Apartments at 204 Beauregard St. in August 2011.

After about $100,000 in renovations, including a new kitchen and bathrooms, plumbing, rewiring, floors, gutters, paint, a sprinkler system and water line, Rea of Hope II welcomed four new women on Dec. 2, 2011, one day after its opening date. Like the original group home on Lee Street, Rea of Hope II has been full since it opened, executive director Marie Beaver said.

Next door to Rea of Hope II, the second home the organization purchased, 206 Beauregard St., was recently renovated. The new home offers two more apartments -- New Life Apartments II - for graduates in recovery and their minor children.

New Life Apartments II is now fully occupied, too.

Rea of Hope has admitted less than 28 percent of the women requesting services since July 2007 due to the lack of bed availability, Beaver.

The two newest homes were funded by $470,000 in grants from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, West Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, West Virginia Housing Development Fund, the Department of Health and Human Resources, the state Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, Hilliard Lyons, Capitol Resource Agency and BB&T Carson Insurance.

The grants also funded three new full-time staff positions. For more information, call Beaver at 304-344-5363 or visit http://www.reaofhope.org/.


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