AP NEWS

Golf tournament to benefit a new village of hope in Wayne County

May 13, 2019

LAVALETTE, W.Va. — Stepping Stones, a residential treatment facility and transition to independence program located on 166 acres in Wayne, will host a golf tournament at Sugarwood Golf Club in Lavalette on Saturday, May 18, to help fund and launch a new endeavor called the Youth Transition Project to assist young individuals as they age out of the foster care system.

As part of this endeavor, Stepping Stones is developing a tiny home village for individuals ages 17-23. The village, which will be located on Stepping Stones’ property on Buffalo Creek Road, will include multiple tiny homes and offer substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Included in the village is a local arts community and sustainable job opportunities on site, such as a year-round hydroponic garden tower farm and greenhouse.

The hope is to address the primary and immediate need of housing first for young people facing homelessness.

With proceeds from the golf tournament and ongoing support, Stepping Stones will begin working on all phases of construction of the tiny home village. The houses will be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

“Our annual golf tournament is our main fundraiser and this year our focus is on building a tiny home village that will provide job training, education, food security, treatment and hope to youth aging out of West Virginia’s foster care system. We cannot do this alone and are asking our community to roll up their sleeves and help us build a community to transition our youth to successful adulthood. If we are to stop the cycle of addiction, homelessness and hopelessness we must provide our area’s most vulnerable youth with belonging, purpose and hope,” said

Susan Fry, executive director of Stepping Stones Inc.

The golf tournament entry fees are $350, which include 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, breakfast, lunch and refreshments served all day.

To register online, visit http://bit.ly/SteppingStonesGolf2019. Registration on the day of the tournament will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Raymona Preston at 304-638-4316 or stepupfry@aol.com.