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Sunday's Event Will Benefit The Unity Center

October 28, 2010 - Other News
A benefit for The Unity Center, a place for recovering addicts located at 2314 Chapline St., Wheeling, will be held Sunday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., at The Florentine Art Center, 251 Main St., New Martinsville.

The event will feature Brother Umberto in a dramatic reading of The Apocalypse, or The Revelation of St. John, The Divine. There will also be musical accompaniment by Mike Parsons and Travis Hoard. Cost of admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance from The Florentine Art Center of The Unity Center.

The Unity Center has recently been holding benefits and seeking donations to try to stay at its current location in the former Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Center Wheeling.

Executive Director Scott Pinter said the center, a division of Ohio Valley Recovery Inc., has raised enough funds to make the $5,000 payment requested by the old church's current owner, the New Life United Methodist Church. Church officials informed The Unity Center last month it had until Oct. 31 to make an offer, or the building could be put on the open market.

There are currently over 19 12-step meetings held at The Unity Center. There are also three rehabs and three half-way houses that meet at the facility. The Unity Center has 300 to 400 people who come through it's doors every week. They also host a number of speakers that come from Pittsburgh, Columbus, and out of other areas, giving members a variety of full and rich opportunities in recovery.

Staffers of the Unity Center have made an undisclosed offer to purchase the building and now hope to continue assisting recovering addicts for years to come.

Unity Center President Susan Oglinsky previously said New Life was asking $20,000 for the building, located at 2314 Chapline St..

Pinter said he's confident the Unity Center will be able to remain open and continue providing a meeting place for hundreds of recovering addicts each week. He said once the group purchases the building, the next challenge will be keeping up with utility costs.

"The building is in very good condition and requires very little maintenance," Pinter said, but he noted annual utility expenses on the building are about $10,000.

According to Pinter, it's not unheard of for the monthly gas bill to be as high as $1,500 during the winter months. He said the center is hoping to put aside enough money to pay upkeep costs for the next year and will be aggressive in seeking grants to pay the bills in the future.

For more information about OVRI and The Unity Center, visit http://www.ovri.org/.

 
 

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