WHEELWRIGHT– Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, a business and mental health care leader in Floyd County, will soon be a member of the Wheelwright community. MCCC received a $500,000 community development grant, which is a federal grant through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department.
“Independent living skills are so important for indivduals to learn. As the parent of a child with disabilities, I want to give her every opportunity to be successful. Anyone wanting to attend TRP from the Wheelwright area had to travel all the way to Martin. This center is really needed in this community,” said Lisa Johnson, Melvin resident.
The new location will be a Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program (TRP) and also offer some outpatient services. This is a day program that offers a place for clients to learn life management skills to increase success and satisfaction in a living, learning, work and/or social environment. The setting is purposefully informal to reduce the psychological distance between staff and participants. Members are continually encouraged to assume productive citizenship roles within the TR and in the broader community.
“We had originally planned to restore the building that once sat on the lot due to its historical significance to the Wheelwright community. The building once housed African American Miners before integration. The building began to lean significantly and it had to be torn down,” said Jackie Long, Director of Housing and Grants for MCCC.
MCCC is taking construction bids for the next 30 days. Construction is planned to begin in the spring with the project being completed within the next eight months.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.