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HUNTINGTON - The now-closed Enterprise Child Development Center in Huntington's West End may soon get a new lease on life as a service center for mothers and children gripped with drug addiction.

The building, owned by River Valley Child Development Services, is the planned home of the Future River Valley Center for Addiction Research Education and Support, or CARES, geared to providing families a "one-stop-shop" center for everything from basic life skill education to psychological treatment, said Suzi Brodof, River Valley executive director.

The center's retooling process is planned in two stages and implemented based on funding as it becomes available. The building is likely to begin offering its first services in September, Brodof said.

The first stage will focus on teaching basic life skills for mothers, such as cooking, keeping a family budget and child car tips, Brodof said, all free of charge.

The second stage will focus on providing psychological help for addicted families provided by professional psychologists and Marshall University student volunteers. Psychological needs may include nurturing positive interactions between mothers and their babies, as well rendering aid to the babies themselves.

Brodof noted that once a child graduates from the care of Lily's Place, for example, there are few options for institutional care affordable to the area's families gripped by addiction.

Volunteers from Amazon recently visited the site to prepare it for the future opening of River Valley CARES.

River Valley will help its own cause raising funds for the move by hosting a toy sale Monday, Aug. 28, and Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Enterprise Child Development Center, located at 2021 5th Ave. W. in Huntington.

Follow reporter Bishop Nash on Twitter @BishopNash.


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