Sens. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, front left, and Mike Caputo, D-Marion, right, present a check to Disability Action Center Executive Director Julie Sole. (Mike Nolting / WVMetroNews.com)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A Fairmont nonprofit has received US $ 200,000 in government funding to move to a new office after flooding damaged its current location.
Officials from the Disability Action Center found that repairing the aging infrastructure around the Benoni Avenue office would have been impractical after heavy rains in June, and determined that a new location was required.
Executive Director Julie Sole contacted Sens. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, and Mike Caputo, D-Marion for financial help in opening a new space. Legislators secured $ 200,000 to help ease the relocation process.
“We’re grateful that we were as quick as we were to get the Marion County community to respond,” said Beach. “This is an organization that cannot be ignored. We often use the term no-brainer, but that was a no-brainer. “
The Disability Action Center provides services to more than 500 clients with disabilities. Sole said talks were underway with the current owner about the provision of services.
“We signed a purchase agreement with a new location,” she said. “This location is on a bus route. It’s a beautiful site and ADA-accessible. “
Sole did not provide any information on the location of the new plant. More information is expected to be announced in the next few days.