Jobs & Hope WV Newsletter | January 2024

Welcome to the Jobs & Hope WV newsletter! We’re thrilled to have you as part of our community. This newsletter is your go-to source for staying in the loop on the latest news, events, and updates related to our mission. Make sure to connect with us on social media to extend the conversation and engage with our vibrant community. Your support and engagement are vital to the success of Jobs & Hope WV, and we look forward to sharing this journey with you. Thank you for being a valuable part of our community!
Celebrating Success: Jobs & Hope WV Recognized At State Of The State


We are thrilled to share a moment of honor bestowed upon Jobs & Hope WV during the State of the State address by Governor Jim Justice. Our commitment to empowering individuals in recovery was acknowledged and celebrated, highlighting the positive impact our programs have on countless lives.

A special highlight of the evening was the recognition of Jimi Braswell, an extraordinary Jobs & Hope WV graduate. Jimi’s journey, from being a program participant to founding Clean NRG Solar Recovery, was celebrated as an inspiring success story. His dedication, coupled with the transformative support from Jobs & Hope WV, not only led to personal growth but also resulted in the establishment of a thriving business.


Jimi’s story serves as a powerful testament to the effectiveness of collaboration with various organizations and the life-changing support provided by Jobs & Hope WV. His journey reflects not only personal triumph but also the creation of Clean NRG Solar Recovery, which contributes clean, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Governor Jim Justice commended Jobs & Hope WV for creating opportunities like Jimi’s, showcasing how our programs pave the way for meaningful careers and community contributions. Stay tuned for more stories of success and empowerment as we continue our journey of making a positive impact in the lives of those in recovery.

Empowering Transitions: Introducing Reentry Initiatives

As part of a recent reorganization at the West Virginia Schools of Diversion & Transition (WVSDT), we are excited to announce the launch of Reentry Initiatives, a transformative step towards fostering successful transitions for individuals. Under the able supervision of Lorrie Smith and Deb Harris, four dedicated Reentry Liaisons have been strategically hired to facilitate this essential program.

These four dynamic individuals are actively engaged in thirteen correctional facilities, working closely with the incarcerated population enrolled in WVSDT educational programs. Their mission is to create a supportive bridge between correctional facilities and the Jobs & Hope WV program.

The Reentry Liaisons play a pivotal role in ensuring a seamless transition for individuals from correctional facilities to the Jobs & Hope WV program. Their efforts are geared towards providing comprehensive support and guidance during this critical phase, empowering individuals to navigate their reentry journey successfully.

Stay tuned for more updates on how these Reentry Initiatives are making a positive impact on the lives of those transitioning from correctional facilities to a hopeful future with Jobs & Hope WV.

Breaking Barriers, Building Success: Inaugural Second Chance Job Fair Shines In Beckley


We are thrilled to share the success of our recent collaboration with the West Virginia Schools of Diversion & Transition as we organized the “Second Chance Job Fair” in Beckley, W.Va. This impactful event brought together 26 employers and 30 community resources, creating a vibrant platform for over 100 job-seekers.

The job fair provided attendees with a unique opportunity to connect with potential employers, engage with community resource partners, and take advantage of complimentary professional headshots and resume assistance. It was a day filled with meaningful interactions, fostering a sense of empowerment and optimism.

Our commitment to facilitating these crucial connections, providing valuable resources, and supporting individuals on their journey to employment was truly exemplified at the Second Chance Job Fair. Stay tuned for more updates on how Jobs & Hope WV continues to make a positive impact on the lives of those seeking a second chance in the job market.

Check out WOAY’s feature on the Second Chance Job Fair! 
Meet Our Newest Team Member
Meet Josh Farmer, our newest addition in Region 1, covering McDowell, Mercer, and Wyoming Counties. With a wealth of experience gained during his five-year tenure at Recovery Point West Virginia, Josh started as a Phase 1 Coordinator and advanced to the role of Program Director. In this capacity, he supervised a 60-bed peer-driven facility and led a team of 22 employees. Currently pursuing a social work degree at Southern WV Community Tech, his dedication to education enhances his hands-on expertise, making him a valuable asset to the Jobs & Hope WV team.   |   833-784-1385   |   304-583-4008