Save the Date!

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living's (MTSCIL) Walk / Run for Independence 2015 will be held on July 4, 2015 at Ritter Park in Huntington, WV.

People First of WV's Notice for their 21st Annual People First of WV Conference:

21st Annual People First of WV Conference
"Now is the Time to Advocate... For Our Rights and For Our Lives!"
September 3-5, 2014
Jackson's Mill, Jane Lew, WV

You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity that will include sessions on self-protection and safety, employment, relationships, independent living, personal choice... just to name a few!

This year's conference keynote speakers will be Ricardo and Donna Thornton from Washington, D.C.  Ricardo and his wife Donna have broken barriers throughout their lives through marriage, independent living, parenting, and employment.

The film "Profoundly Normal" chronicles the true life stories of Ricardo and Donna, beginning with their time at an institution and describing their lives as self-advocates. Ricardo has been employed by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library for over 30 years while Donna has dedicated more than 20 years of service to her job at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ricardo campaigns for the rights of individuals with disabilities on Capitol Hill and is active in a variety of boards and organizations.

Registration forms are now available! Call or email today for more information!

A limited number of stipends will be available from funds provided through the WV Developmental Disabilities Council. Therefore, early registration is important!

People First of West Virginia
912 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101

New Posting

Bonnie's Bus Visits

Posted: July 9, 2014

Bonnie’s Bus is a mobile mammography unit that travels to sites across West Virginia, offering one-stop breast cancer screening in a comfortable, convenient environment. Medicare, Medicaid, BCCSP and all private insurances accepted. Funds are available so that no woman over 40 is turned away.


People First of WV is having its 2014 WV Youth Self-Advocacy Conference on July 29, 2014 in Fairmont, WV. The registration deadline is July 19th.

New Posting

DBSA Conference 2014

Posted: July 9, 2014

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) West Virginia is having its DBSA Converence 2014: Recovery & Staying Well (PDF) on August 14 - 15, 2014.

WVA received this e-mail from AARP:

As a valued partner, I wanted to make you aware that due to the elimination of a state level grant that funds key AARP Foundation activities in West Virginia, the Foundation will be discontinuing grant operations in the state as of October 1, 2014. Current programs that will be discontinued include:

  • the West Virginia BOSS ElderWatch/Help Line program,
  • the US Department of Health and Human Services West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol program,
  • the US Department of Health and Human Services West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Capacity Building program

These grants have provided important support to the low-income 50+ in West Virginia for several years, and AARP Foundation is grateful for the hard work of the staff, volunteers, and community partners that made them possible. Such decisions are always difficult but were largely necessitated by funding cuts outside the Foundation’s control. Over the next four months, we will be working with the current AARP Foundation staff and volunteers to wind down operations in West Virginia and will continue to support current programs and grants during this time.

AARP Foundation remains committed to serving the needs of West Virginia’s low income, 50+ residents in a number of ways, including continuing to work with the AARP West Virginia state office and partners on a number of programs such as BACK TO WORK 50+ and by supporting consumer fraud prevention through other regional helplines and the national AARP Foundation call center.

We have appreciated partnering with you on important issues facing vulnerable older adults in West Virginia and we know through our collaboration, we have been able to have even greater impact.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or the West Virginia AARP Foundation staff if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Emily Allen Vice President Income Impact Programs AARP Foundation

Voting Rights Video

Posted: April 10, 2014

2014 is an election year, check out our Voting Rights video on youtube.

Beacon Barn Summer Group Program

Posted: April 9, 2014

Beacon Barn will be providing a summer group program for kids and teens beginning in June. The cost is $35 per week, or $25 if registered by May 16th. This includes one group session plus one parent support group session, weekly. The purpose of this program is to provide a safe, therapeutic and fun environment for children who may be struggling with emotional and/or behavioral problems that is negatively impacting their home, school and/or social lives. Group goals will include developing effective communication skills by learning how to identify and express emotions and utilizing appropriate coping skills. Therapeutic activities will be combined with group projects, gardening and the opportunity to interact with companion/therapy animals, both domestic and farm animals.

USDA's Summer Food Service Program

Posted: March 31, 2014

The SFSP is a feeding program established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free, nutritious meals are provided to all children at feeding sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children during school vacations, primarily in the summer months.

USDA's WebPage on SFSP (

USDA's Summer Food Service Program Flyer (SFSP) (PDF)