VINTON —The Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office donated $5,000 to Wing Haven in Vinton on Thursday to support mental health and addiction counseling causes.
According to Wing Haven staff, the organization is a nonprofit. Counseling services are provided with trained and licenses professionals to all manner of individuals.
Individual, couple and family counseling services are available. Wing Haven has aided veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, women suffering from emotional and physical abuse, helping to provide career development services as well as guiding individuals struggling with addiction through a process towards recovery. The center couples its practices with Christian faith-based principles in the hopes of guiding people to healthier lives through redemption and growth. Clients may ask that no Christian influences be presented, however, and that will be respected.
Wing Haven staff say they see an average of around 50 clients a week and have served hundreds over the years. The organization supplements addiction guidance treatments by addressing problems in family history in attempts to right and guide behaviors that may have been ingrained in a family for years.
According to Lee Bauman, Wing Haven’s board president, the organization’s gates had visitors who tasted just about every variety of pain in the world and come to seek healing.
Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins and Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman lauded Wing Haven for its efforts in setting people on the right path toward recovery by attacking the root of emotional pain. Wing Haven staff believe that individuals who turn to drugs and addiction are often the result of those seeking to self-medicate and soothe. If an individual can be healed from some childhood trauma, the hope is they will not return to drug use.
According to counselor Nikki Adkins, part of the “beauty” of the organization was that it was a “one-stop shop.” The facility could help people facing mental illness while also better preparing them for careers in the open world.
“We saw that you guys were having some budgetary issues,” Adkins said. “In my office we have something called a law enforcement trust fund where we get money from drug dealers, pool it and use it to help law enforcement. Last year, we made a donation to the Field of Hope for some things they are trying to do there. When we heard of you guys, we felt we wanted to help you, too.”
Bauman thanked the prosecutors, saying the donation was “very fine” and would be put to good use. Wing Haven staff talked with Adkins and Wiseman about their sides of the drug struggle in Gallia County and what could be best done to limit the effects of drugs in the region.
“That’s what we deal with here, getting to the root cause to show (clients) and help to see that there is a better future for them,” Bauman said. “We show them that life can be productive and self-supporting and there is beauty to it.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.