December 15, 2017


Charleston, W.Va. – Today at Recovery Point Charleston, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joined representatives from Fruth Pharmacy and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to unveil a new program, “Bridge of Hope,” that will provide scholarships for people in recovery to seek education and job training.

“Today is about people right here in West Virginia who want to make a change, who have made a change, and who want a bright future,” Senator Manchin said. “These scholarships will give those who have battled and overcome addiction the boost and support they need to take that next step – to go the extra mile and get the education or training that will allow them to achieve their dreams.”

Fruth Pharmacy committed $20,000 to start the program and, in partnership with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, is working with Recovery Point, the Charleston and Huntington Health Departments, Cabell Huntington Hospital and others across the health care and recovery spectrum in West Virginia to reach as many people as possible. So far, donations to the program have reached $100,000.

“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,” said Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

Bridge of Hope will help individuals who are in sustained recovery obtain a college degree or job training. 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 two- and four-year degrees will also be available.