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Community Resources

Here are just a few of the special resources that are available to MOV residents.

2-1-1 • Get Connected, Get Help

Do you need help with paying your bills, finding food, healthcare expenses, mental health, substance use, housing expenses, utilities expense, food programs and benefits?

We are the boots on the ground, the local experts who make finding help easier. There are more than 200 211 agencies across the United States, each with a team of compassionate, highly trained community specialists who are available to help you access the best local resources and services to address any need.

The 211 network in the United States responds to more than 21 million requests for help every year. Most calls, web chats, and text messages are from people looking for help meeting basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and health care.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 211 as the 3-digit number for information and referrals to social services and other assistance in 2000. The 211 service is provided by more than 200 local organizations that are committed to serving their communities. Many different kinds of organizations operate the 211 service, including United Ways, Goodwill, Community Action Partnerships, and local crisis centers.

If you are looking to be listed in your local 211’s directory or want to partner with your local 211, search for your local 211 agency here.

Mental Health Resources

I (Rick) recently learned that at least 20% of all teenagers in America think about suicide at least once a day. Let that sink in! One out of every five teens in America thinks about taking their own life at least once a day because they think there is nothing to live for and they have no hope for the future! (And, quite frankly, that is precisely why I stopped watching news broadcasts on a regular basis; I discovered that it was literally bad for my mental and physical health.) As we look around us, it looks like our nation (and our world) is going to hell in a hand basket. It’s no wonder that our children feel that there is very little for them to live for.

That is the primary reason that Bob and I started The BobCast MOV. We are literally in a battle for the soul of our nation, and we want to be soldiers in that cause. And we want you to join us in that cause. Work with your children every single day (Deut. 6:4-7). Teach them to “love God and Country.” Teach them to embrace your values. Teach them to be proud of who they are. Teach them to be proud of their community (and yes, proud of their school). Teach them that there are still many things to live for, to be proud of, and to fight for!

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Today, “988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect with mental health professionals with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can press “1” after dialing 988 to connect directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline which serves our nation’s Veterans, service members, National Guard, and Reserve members, and those who support them. For texts, Veterans should continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline short code: 838255.
   Too many people experience suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need. There are urgent mental health realities driving the need for crisis service transformation across our country. In 2020 alone, the U.S. had one death by suicide about every 11 minutes—and for people aged 10-34 years, suicide is a leading cause of death.
   There is hope. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers that helps thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day. These centers are supported by local and state sources as well as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress. By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect to mental health professionals with the Lifeline network.
  • 988 Fact Sheet: [ English | Spanish ]
  • News Release: U.S. Transition to 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Begins July 16
  •    To learn more about the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s 988 resources and information to help spread the word, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988.
     
    (844) HELP4WV
    HELP4WV offers a 24/7 call, chat, and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. Many of those answering our accredited helpline are peer-support specialists or recovery coaches. This means that they have personal experience in recovery from a mental health or substance abuse issue. This initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Human Resources, is designed to streamline the process of seeking help for behavioral health issues. The helpline staff offers confidential support and resource referrals, including self-help groups, out- patient counseling, medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric care, emergency care, and residential treatment. The helpline provides assistance for those who need help themselves, and guidance for those seeking help for loved ones. It is also an ideal way for social workers, nurses, and others involved in discharge or care planning to access a comprehensive list of state resources.

    Children’s Crisis & Referral Line. When it comes to children, it’s easy to see that something is wrong, but scary and difficult to know where to look for help. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to assist in finding the most appropriate and available treatment for an array of youth behavioral health needs. From parenting support to immediate crisis response, contact 1-844-HELP4WV to talk to a trained Helpline Specialist who can help you understand options and link you directly to treatment providers.
     

    Substance Abuse Disorder Recovery

    Hope Center Ministries, Parkersburg and Belpre
    Hope Center Ministries is a long-term residential, Christ-centered recovery and discipleship program. Restoring Lives. Restoring Families. Restoring Communities.
    Belpre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopecmbelpre
    Parkersburg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcmpkb/
    WWebsite: http://www.hopecm.com/
    Phone: (866) 396-4673
     

    Job Training and Placement
    for Persons with Disabilities

    The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley
    Since 1955, The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley has been dedicated to ensuring a satisfying and productive life for children and adults with intellectual, cognitive, and related developmental disabilities by providing programs and services that enable, empower, and encourage them to live, learn, work, worship, and play in their community … along with their peers and neighbors! For more information, watch Episode 11.
     
    SW Resources
    SW Resources was founded in 1964 by an organization now known as The Arc and the Junior League of Parkersburg, West Virginia. From a modest beginning in a converted storefront building, and growing through several rocky and unsuccessful years, SW Resources now occupies three buildings, including an 18,000-square-foot warehouse. Through the years, the organization grew thanks to their commitment to quality services, the help and tremendous support of their volunteers, the generosity of our local community, and the dedication of both their talented staff and client employees. For more information, watch Episode 12.
     

    Overcoming Poverty

    Circles® Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc.
    Circles® Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They are a community-based initiative that assists families in poverty to achieve their goal of self-sufficiency through education and supportive friendships with mentors, or “Allies.” Their mission statement is, “We build circles of support that strengthen our community by inspiring and equipping families in their effort to transition out of poverty.”
       Their local initiative uses a national model developed by Move the Mountain Leadership Campaign. The Circles model started in 2000 as a way to increase the capacity of communities to address poverty. The approach combines best practices in several disciplines including community organizing, coaching, grassroots leadership, SMART goal setting, financial literacy, mentoring, peer-to-peer counseling and learning, and child/youth development. For more information, watch Episode 13.