The opening in May, 2019 of St. Joseph's Recovery Center became an opportunity of sorts for Workforce West Virginia, in helping find employment for many of the recovery center's clients.
"And with the opioid epidemic that's taking place in the state of West Virginia," says Jonelle Comstock, Director, Workforce West Virginia of the Mid-Ohio Valley, "it allows us to collaborate with them a little more to help get the people who are going to recovery and have battled addiction to help them with their training and get back into the workforce."
Workforce's relocation is a new beginning for its Wood County office, which was located at Lakeview Center for more than two decades. A ribbon-cutting for the St. Joseph's site was held Friday morning, attended by local leaders and a representative of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office.
Comstock says it provides more space for its existing services, and a chance to form partnerships with new ones.
"We also have a satellite office for the division of Rehabilitation Services, We have a satellite office for job service under Workforce West Virginia, we have a satellite office for the National Council on Aging. We have our career connections program, our employer solutions and our adult and dislocated worker services here."
Comstock says Workforce is also seeking a partnership with the state Department of Health and Human Resources, located nearby in downtown Parkersburg.
And that close-to-downtown site is potentially more convenient for clients, since it's located along the city bus routes.