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It's a laid-back day in the offices of Village Caregiving on Main Street.

"Well, if I would have known you were coming by, I would have dressed a little better," Matthew Walker said to a reporter and photographer as they showed up unannounced.

Walker is one of the partners in Village Caregiving and is working in casual shorts and T-shirt. But he's ready to talk business - and business is good.

The former attorney said he wanted to do something more fulfilling for his soul. So he sought a way to help people, and Village Caregiving - a non-medical home healthcare agency - was born.

"This was a law office," Walker said. "So we just used this space. I think it's working out pretty well."

His partner and co-founder, Jeff Stevens, is dressed a little less casually in a button-down shirt and trousers, so he agrees to sit for a photo.

Meanwhile, Walker explains how Village Caregiving has grown and expanded its footprint in the Tri-State region with new offices and hundreds of new jobs. The company started in 2013 with 12 employees and now has 326 employees.

Stevens joins the conversation to say the company has locations in Barboursville, Charleston and Clarksburg and inside Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington. Village Caregiving recently expanded into Ashland, Kentucky, and Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Village Caregiving's motto is "Keep your heart at home."

"Our goal is to keep our clients in their homes for as long as possible," Walker said.

Walker said that desire comes from personal experience.

"We had personal experience in caring for a a loved one and saw the need for in-home care that is personal, dependable, competent, professional, caring and transparent," he said.

Another thing that separates Village Caregiving from other companies is how much they pay their employees, according to Walker.

"I think we offer the best compensation package in the area," Walker said. "We knew that if we wanted to attract the best people, we'd have to offer better pay and benefits."

Walker said he and his partners knew the profit margins wouldn't be as high with top pay and benefits for employees, but it's all a part of the business plan.

"We put the needs of our customers before our needs," Walker said.


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