This past winter through the spring, many volunteers came together to assist CHANGE, Inc. with the relocation of their administrative offices from the existing facility at 3136 West Street to the adjacent building across the parking lot at 3158 West Street, Weirton.
“For the past few years, CHANGE, Inc.’s board and management staff have addressed the increasing demand for services and the lack of space to provide these services,” states Judy Raveaux, CEO. “When we were approached to purchase the old Tri-State Electronics building, we realized the opportunity had presented itself.” Raveaux reached out to Mark Glyptis, USW Local #2911, for assistance in renovating the 2,000 sq. foot facility from an appliance shop to the much-needed administrative space. The project kicked off when Mr. Glyptis contacted Fritz Frohnapfel with the AFL-CIO. Raveaux stated that Frohnapfel was doing a fantastic job and soon after, many others came on board to help with the renovations and remodeling. T.S. Electric owner, Ed Wickham, had his crew rewiring the entire facility, World Radio Communications handled the wiring of the ethernet and phone lines, and Brad Raveaux volunteered many late night hours of his time for the demolition and construction of the interior walls to help the agency open the doors of the new facility in a very short timeframe. Raveaux mentioned that these renovations would not be possible without the donations from Schenk Foundation, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, WV Primary Care Association and Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.
The third floor of 3136 West Street will house an expanded mental health department and medical office space along with vision care coming soon. Family Medical Care Community Health Center is open to any individual, accepts all health insurances, and provides substantial discounts to any individual who qualifies for the sliding fee discount program.
To celebrate the completion of the new building, CHANGE, Inc. hosted a photo-op Thursday, September 24th at 11:00am at the new facility for the volunteers to thank them for their time and services provided. Raveaux presented a plaque in their honor that will hang in the new building.
Volunteers pictured are with T.S. Electric, IBEW #246, AFL-CIO, USW #2911, and CHANGE, Inc.
Front Row (L-R): Drew Hindman, Brandon Sowers, Brian Dobbs, Ed Wickham, Judy Raveaux, Carolyn Buchanan, Brad Raveaux, & Mark Glyptis. Back Row (L-R): Joe Guskea, Jason Eddy, Eric Nutter, Fritz Frohnapfel, Phil Diserio, & Mike Adams.
For more information on Family Medical Care Community Health Center’s medical, dental, vision or mental health programs, call 304.748.2828 or visit www.test.changeinc.org.