By Mark Powell
Where Moms and Kids Stay Together
Opportunity sometimes arrives disguised as a setback. What seems like an unexpected ending may, in fact, be the beginning of a new chapter. That’s exactly what happened to Project Hope for Women and Children in Huntington.
It started as a transitional housing facility through the City Mission. Then the organization lost its HUD funding, leaving behind a vacant building. Yet the needs of mothers struggling with addiction remained. All too often, they faced the agonizing choice between getting the long-term treatment they needed or remaining with their children.
“No mom should ever have to pick one over the other,” says Project Hope Executive Director Jessica Tackett. “That’s where we enter the picture. Here, moms can look after their kids and receive treatment at the same time.”
That’s what Project Hope provides. It’s operated by Marshall Health, the medical outreach of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. It received grant money that transformed the deserted structure into a $1.8 million, 15,000 square-foot renovated facility.
Project Hope now has 18 apartments. The apartments come fully furnished and equipped with one bathroom, a living room and a kitchen. Shared laundry facilities are on site and support staff are available 24/7. Each woman may live with four children up to age 12. Daycare is available for children age