Recovery Works is a 15-week course that provides training to women affected by the opioid crisis by preparing them for manufacturing careers and helping them overcome barriers to nontraditional employment.
Services are delivered at RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center and at Catholic Charities West Virginia Center for Community Learning and Advancement, both located in Huntington.
RecoveryWorksWV is open to women 18 and older in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio who have been affected by the opioid epidemic and were formerly incarcerated.
Machinist training, conducted by an industry-certiﬁed trainer, will include hands-on training on machines such as mills and lathes. Trainees will work toward testing for their National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, which are industry certiﬁed and highly sought after by employers.
Participants will receive on-the-job-training at local employers’ manufacturing facilities. RecoveryWorksWV will provide an $8-per-hour stipend to trainees for shop time.
Trainees will receive counseling from a peer counselor, who will conduct counseling sessions with participants to support emotional development, namely through assistance in maintaining sobriety and/or maneuvering relationships with family and friends struggling with addiction. The counselor also will refer trainees to support services as needed.
RecoveryWorksWV is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation, a Texas-based philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the social fabric of life by seeking innovative solutions to intractable and persistent problems. Partners include the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Marshall University, Catholic Charities West Virginia, and Manpower.