ELKINS, W.Va. – The Elkins Task Force for Addiction and Homeless Resources hosted a public forum Tuesday evening to update residents on the progress made since the group met in May. The forum took place in the Phil Gainer Community Center.
Task Force chairman David Parker stood in front of the audience and explained what the group had found in their early research. From there, he set out the steps needed to provide resources for those struggling with addiction and / or domestic insecurity.
“This is a long-term project that we cannot bring together and get up and running in six, eight or nine months. It’s really a long-term endeavor, but the problem has been a long time coming, ”said Parker.
In particular, Parker emphasized the need to have resources available in Elkins so that those in need do not have to travel far to get help. He said the task force modeled its approach on Morgantown and Huntington, which had their own groups to tackle the issues, and Elkins had been in contact with those groups.
Parker went on and said that Elkins should have a place where people can get everything they need instead of traveling across town for everything. This would require the community to band together to help.