The Mission of Rea of Hope is to provide safe affordable
housing for West Virginia women in a positive homelike environment that fosters
recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction and promotes self
The name "Rea of Hope" comes from an AA member Betsy Rea. Betsy Fletcher Rea was born in Dunbar , West Virginia in 1930 and at the age of eight was stricken with polio. The years that followed would involve times of sacrifice and courage for the entire family. She would endure numerous surgeries; hospital stays and separation from her loved ones and would never be mobile again without the aide of crutches, braces, or a wheelchair.
Betsy encountered numerous situations that shaped her unique life, never relinquishing the strong determination that served her so well through both the disease of polio and then later the disease of alcoholism. She would find recovery from alcoholism in the spring of 1981. Her eighteen years of recovery can best be described as a “place” everyone wanted to be. Her life was a life of circles that called you in. That life ended February 13, 1999 .
Rea of Hope, Inc. is a tribute to her perseverance and love she had for others.
The original Rea of Hope house is located on Lee Street in Charleston. The house is staffed 24 hours a day to insure a supportive and safe environment. Our residents are required to work, attend school, or volunteer at an approved location.
Rea of Hope II is just around the corner fron the original house. Together, both houses accomodate 14 beds. A resident of Rea of Hope will focus on their recovery in a 12 step-based fellowship program while establishing themselves as responsible members of our community..
As graduates, the women already have a support system in place, employment and connection to the community. We will work with the women to get their credit, fines and other financial and legal problems solved.
The goals of the Rea of Hope New Life Apartments are to provide an affordable beginning for these women; avoiding the stumbling blocks to a successful recovery.