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Wheeling Faith Communities Bring Hope & Light to Substance Use Disorders

Posted 09/06/19

Wheeling, W.Va. — Sept. 5, 2019 — The Community Impact Coalition & West Virginia Council of Churches continue to collaborate to bring the 5th annual prevention & recovery celebratory day called “West Virginia Day of Hope.” It is celebrated the third weekend in September. The West Virginia Day of Hope gives the state’s churches and other ministries the opportunity to promote, educate and advocate for substance misuse prevention and recovery from substance use disorders. Locally, the faith communities of Wheeling are planning a day of activities that will be open to the public. Sept. 14 will be a day dedicated to our Friendly City in hope of prevention and recovery of substance use disorders. Activities for the day are as follows:

  • 12:30 p.m.- Day of Hope March from the Wheeling City-County building to the Fourth Street United Methodist Church. Open to All!
  • 1 p.m.- Interfaith Service hosted by Fourth Street United Methodist Church. Open to All!

September is recognized nationally as Recovery Month. On Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church will host the Day of Hope Memorial Spaghetti Dinner. The cost for the dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Donations will benefit the Will Ruberg Service Scholarship at Wheeling University; the House of Carpenter serving those in need in the greater Wheeling area; and the Community Made Serenade to support drug-free and healthy lifestyles.

The third weekend in September is specially designated by faith communities to promote a drug-free lifestyle with individuals and families across West Virginia. Faith organizations are encouraged to celebrate in accordance with their own traditions, beliefs and missions as they organize and plan the event for their congregations.

The WV Council of Churches co-sponsors the celebratory day and promotes it to all churches in West Virginia. Youth Services System, the fiscal and administrative agent of the Community Impact Coalition, is excited to announce that Sept. 13-15 will mark the celebration of the fifth annual WV Day of Hope.

Press Conference

All media partners are invited to a press conference with faith leaders of WV Day of Hope.

When: Sept. 9 @ 10 a.m.

Location: Youth Services System Inc., 87 15th St. Wheeling, 4th Floor Conference Rm 

Contact: Bethany Goddard at or (304) 218-2865. #wvdayofhope