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YSS Recovery Houses to Hold Fundraising Dinner March 15 - Takeouts encouraged

Posted 03/13/20


For Immediate Release
DATE: Tuesday, March 10
Contact: Betsy Bethel-McFarland,, 304-218-2894

WHEELING — The Lazarus House and the Mary & Martha House sober living homes operated by Youth Services System Inc. will hold a chicken or spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, 1610 Eoff St.

Takeout orders are encouraged and can be delivered curbside. Call 304-670-1871 to order.

Dinner includes either chicken, green beans and parsley potatoes or spaghetti, meatballs and breadsticks. Cole slaw, drinks and desserts also are provided.

Lazarus House and Mary & Martha House were started by Shelley and the late Bill Rohrig to honor the memory of their son Mark who had struggled with depression.

The homes serve men and women ages 18 and older who are trying to get their lives back on track after treatment for substance use or alcohol use disorder. It is a place to call home, with as many of the comforts of home as possible within the means and budget.

The houses are for recovery not treatment, although the director assists residents with accessing local treatment services. During their time in the house, a resident can build on strengths learned in treatment, get back to school, and look for employment, while living in a safe space along with others in recovery. Mental health counseling is provided, and residents are expected to follow simple directions, do house chores, attend local 12-Step Meetings (AA/NA) or similar support groups. Abstinence from all illicit drug use is required.

The program director is Pat Condron, and one resident at each house acts as house manager. 

Lazarus House and Mary & Martha House are operated solely through donations from local charitable foundations, churches, individuals and businesses. Twice a year, the houses hold a chicken/spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Takeouts and delivery within the city are available. To order or for information, call 304-670-1871.

Donations may be sent to Youth Services System Inc., P.O. Box 6041, Wheeling, WV 26003, with Lazarus/Mary & Martha written in the memo line. Those who donate will be placed on the newsletter mailing list unless specified otherwise.

Condron said: “We are very thankful to The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling for giving us their space to hold this event. These folks serve so many of our homeless and/or those needing a meal prepared and served with love. Our thanks to Jebbia’s Market for always providing the potatoes, and Miklas Meat Market for the chicken, which is the best. Please support our sponsors. They are small businesses with big hearts, who provide the best in good nutritious food.”


About Youth Services System, Inc.

Youth Services System, Inc. is committed to responding to the complex needs of youth at serious risk. For 45 years, Youth Services System, Inc. has reached thousands of youth and their families with our shelter, residential, community-based and professional services. Together with youth and their families, we work to improve their physical and emotional well-being, to address the debilitating effects of abuse, addiction, and trauma, and to build the skills and connections they need to be successful. Supported by our volunteer Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and faithful community support, Youth Services System, Inc. makes an impact in the lives of youth. For more information, visit