Project Hope for Women & Children celebrates five-year anniversary


HUNTINGTON, W.Va.Project Hope for Women and Children, a residential treatment program for women and their children in Huntington, West Virginia, celebrated its five-year anniversary during an event today at the Touma Museum of Medicine.

Project Hope opened the renovated apartment complex with 17 single-family units at 1012 Seventh Avenue in December 2018. Since that time, the Marshall Health initiative has provided more than 200 families with a safe living environment and the treatment and recovery resources necessary to facilitate long-term recovery for mothers with substance use disorder.

“Project Hope is excited to celebrate all of the accomplishments of the last five years,” said Lyn O’Connell, Ph.D., assistant director of addiction sciences at Marshall Health and assistant professor at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “We have had the honor of experiencing countless family reunifications, watching moms obtain employment and safe housing, and clients obtain their GEDs or go back to school.”

The average length of stay at Project Hope is up to six months, during which all therapeutic services are provided on site, including group and individual therapy. Wrap-around services such as medication-assisted treatment, job placement and training and spiritual counseling, are delivered in outpatient locations, including PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care & Treatment). Project Hope residents also have access to medical and psychiatric care through Marshall Health.

In 2020, Marshall Health opened Hope House, a nearby transitional living facility for women and their children as they complete their recovery program at Project Hope for Women and Children and work toward permanent jobs and housing. Hope House allows for up to an additional six months of stability and continued community-based support.

“Project Hope for Women and Children addresses a much-needed gap in the continuum of care,” said Beth L. Hammers, M.B.A., chief executive officer of Marshall Health. “As a mother, I also take great pride in the fact that Project Hope makes it possible for women to get the care they need to achieve long-term recovery while their children remain in their care and they work to establish a stable, strong and loving family unit.”

At the January 25 celebration event, Marshall Health, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Project Hope representatives reflected on the program’s progress and impact and several program graduates shared their stories. For additional information or to support Project Hope, please visit

Addiction is a medically-recognized disease that negatively impacts one's physical and mental health and wellness. For additional information about Marshall Health’s addiction medicine programs, please visit



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