Now serving as director of the Cumberland Hope Community (CHC), at Verda, Pam Sulfridge, 34, said her position is “rewarding” and she loves “seeing these ladies change their lives.”
Overseeing staff, and representing the center, Sulfridge is employed by the Cumberland River Behavioral Health. She attended Southeast Kentucky Community College and Lincoln Memorial University.
“Cumberland Hope Community is a residential program for adult women who are seeing recovery from alcohol and other drugs,” said Sulfridge. “The program serves up to 100 women and has four program components. At this time we have 96 ladies and a staff of approximately 28.”
As director, Sulfridge also oversees all the programs offered at the center. She said the entry point program, “Safe Off the Streets,” provides a supportive environment to help women “sober up.”
“We detox these young ladies without any medication, because we are not a medicated facility,” said Sulfridge. “These clients are educated about the model that will help them live a sober life and they are introduced to others that are living a life in recovery.”
Another program Sulfridge oversees is Motivational Track, where each client is assessed by their degree of participation in classes, AA meeting attendance and willingness to make changes in themselves.
“Clients learn responsibility and accountability to the larger community by sharing household jobs, as well as attending three weekly community meetings where they learn to share concerns and issues with one another in a caring environment,” said Sulfridge.
Also offered at the facility are GED programs for their clients.
“It’s a requirement that they work on their GED while here at the center if they don’t have that,” said Sulfridge. “If they stay a certain amount of time — a year, they are moved into a room. They can leave here with a HUD voucher. We also try to find them housing and employment to help them rebuild their lives when they leave here.”
Sulfridge added an important element of CHC is giving back to the community.
“Last week we partnered with ‘Putting Prayers to Action’ mission group,” said Sulfridge. “We have family fun day, where all the ladies and their families gather and have cookouts, games and inflatable slides for the children. Jerry Blanton, one of our advisory board members, recently organized a bonfire for the ladies. There was music, games, grilling out and smores. We also had an AA meeting around the bonfire. We go bowling when the weather is cooler. We try to grill out on all the holidays.
“These girls go to the nursing home and volunteer, along with assisting with events, such as the recent “Color Run” hosted by Harlan Tourism, and they volunteer to water flowers in downtown Harlan once or twice a week.”
Sulfridge said she’d “love to have other places for the ladies to offer volunteer community services.”
Anyone interested in participating in the center’s community service program, may contact Sulfridge at 606-837-0100 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like them on Facebook at Cumberland Hope Community.
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