Fayetteville, W.Va. – Fayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) continues to improve their community with a donation aimed at helping Fayette County children, adults and people rebuilding lives from drug addiction. Fayette N&RC presented the Warm Hands from Warm Hearts (WHWH) founder Mike Bone with a $1,000 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation.
Beginning the center came from a surprising place in Bone’s life. “It actually stemmed from way back when I was running away from ministry for a long time,” Bone said. “Then I was reminded of the time someone gave me a pair of gloves and how much that meant to me.”
This gesture is what sparked Bone’s mission to begin the Warm Hands from Warm Hearts in 2013. What began in a 12 X 12 bedroom in his home is now operated from a 16,000 square-foot facility on Main Street in Oak Hill.
The non-profit began by serving elementary schools with winter necessities such as gloves, hats, and socks. The organization grew to include winter jackets and food programs for area children. Their initial goal of serving 50 children was greatly eclipsed in 2016 when they reached more than 3,500 kids throughout the area.
In just a short time WHWH has expanded beyond their original mission to address several concerns in the community.
- Other services include providing “Food of Faith” bags, which have food for kids to have on the weekends throughout the school year. Their soup kitchen operates monthly but also provides “Blessing Bags” full of personal care items.
- The organization hosts recovery meetings twice weekly for individuals dealing with recovery from opiate and other addictions. Some of these volunteers help maintain the building as a part of their recovery efforts.
- Friday nights hosts a women’s night. Women can gather for fellowship and talk about issues and resources important to them. “It’s about sharing and talking about issues important to them and our community,” Bone said.
The donation will be used for several projects including the completion upstairs of a gym for individuals in recovery addiction. There is a big change as people come through the addiction recovery process. The COH assists with helping people get IDs reissued and clothes for a job interview.
“This group has done so much for the community and helps out any time and where they are needed,” said Fayette N&RC executive director Sue Cogar.
For more information on WHWH, contact Bone at 304-222-0629.
Fayette N&RC is a 2019 Silver National Quality Award recipient from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Awards Program. For more information contact Fayette N&RC at (304) 574-0770.
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. The care centers operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”