POINT PLEASANT — At Recovery Point in Charleston, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito recently helped Fruth Pharmacy President Lynne Fruth, unveil a new community fund named “Bridge of Hope Fund.”
Fruth Pharmacy committed $20,000 to start the fund which will provide scholarships for people in recovery to seek education and job training. At the end of the announcement on Dec. 15, Fruth had several other entities contact her to offer support, bringing the starting amount of the fund up to $100,000.
Fruth began discussing this idea with leaders from the Charleston and Huntington Health Departments, Recovery Point and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. She has also reached out to friends and business associates in the pharmacy industry and members of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to ask for their support. In response to that, Walgreens and Cardinal Health have already committed to a matching donation of $20,000 each to the fund. Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation has also committed $20,000.
“We’re at Ground Zero in West Virginia with the drug epidemic in our country,” Fruth continued, “Fruth Pharmacy has worked with several facilities, provided scholarships, and followed success stories of how people have been able to overcome their addictions and be restored to their families and a better life.” Fruth added, “The key to complete recovery is to bridge the gap of training and education needed for people to secure meaningful employment, feel better about themselves, and become an active and contributing member of our communities.”
According to a press release from Fruth Pharmacy, “Fruth led the way in reducing meth production by removing single ingredient pseudoephedrine products and replacing them with tamper resistant products. Fruth has also been active in Harm Reduction Programs, supported syringe exchange with donations, and trained pharmacists in the dispensing and counseling for the sale of the overdose reversing drug Naloxone.”
For several years, Fruth has provided scholarships for graduates of the programs at Recovery Point.
The Bridge of Hope Fund will help individuals who are in sustained recovery with job training or help them receive a traditional college degree. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will administer the fund and the application process. People in recovery can apply for scholarship help to access training in trades like carpentry, HVAC and welding or certification in areas like cosmetology or massage therapy. Scholarships for more traditional areas like Community or Technical College and University courses will also be available.
“When we met to get the fund established, they asked me if I wanted to call it the Fruth Bridge of Hope Fund,” Fruth said. “I responded that the fund needed to be a community fund, and that it would take the support of the entire communities to help all the people seeking recovery. We have a huge problem to solve with the drug abuse crisis, and it will take all of us working together to make a difference. I would love to see our local churches and civic organizations join this vision and support the Bridge of Hope Fund, so we can help all the people who need it.”
If you would like to donate to the Bridge of Hope Fund, you can visit The Greater Kanawha Valley fund online at tgkvf.org. Once there, hit the tab “Donate Now” button on the left menu or top of the screen, choose “OTHER” and type in the box Bridge of Hope Fund. You can also donate by calling 304-346-3620 or you can mail in your donation to: Bridge of Hope Fund c/o The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation PO Box 3041, Charleston WV 25331.
The application to apply for the Bridge of Hope scholarships will be available on both Fruth Pharmacy’s website: www.fruthpharmacy.com and The Greater Kanawha Valley Fund’s website: tgkvf.org by late February.
Article submitted by Melanie Sherman on behalf of Fruth Pharmacy.