Counseling center could open in Wheelwright

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

An old building in Wheelwright could soon be getting a face-lift. Mountain Comprehensive Care wants to put in a new community counseling center.

90 year old Hazel Armour has lived in Wheelwright for nearly 60 years.

"1952, I married a coal miner. I was born and raised in Pikeville," said Armour.

The building that sits next to her home was once a sight to see.

"It used to be a very nice place," said Armour.

But now it sits in disrepair, hoping for a second wind that could soon be on the way.

"They wanted to see it used for something to help individuals, especially individuals in the Wheelwright community," said Robin Gray of Mountain Comprehensive Care.

The owners of the property donated the aging structure to Mountain Comprehensive Care.

They are applying for a half-million dollar federal grant to fix up the place and put in a center for case management, rehab, and counseling.

Services they said are targeted to an elderly population.

"What we know is that the Wheelwright community is very unique. When the building was donated to us, there was a lot of community support," said Gray.

"There's an elderly population in the Wheelwright area, and with that population we will help them maintain their independent living skills," said Terina Caudill, Rehabilitation Program Supervisor.

Gray said they plan to keep the structure of the building and gut an remodel the inside, so it will still blend in with the neighborhood.

Now the trick is just getting the money to get those seniors the help they deserve.

"That'll be so nice. This place will come back alive," said Armour.

Mountain Comprehensive Care is working with the Big Sandy Community Development District to try and secure that grant.

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