Pipeline Home, Inc. is a newly formed non-profit service organization serving a 7-county central West Virginia region, including Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie and Roane Counties. It has begun a three-fold mission of serving families separated by distance by providing services to families and businesses that focus on health and safety, emotional stability and financial security.

Sisters Shelia Burch and Shari Johnson founded Pipeline Home, Inc. because they share a passion for families committed to living in this area who have loved ones traveling outside the area for employment, military deployment or other circumstances.

Shelia's experience in the legal field as a paralegal and a family court mediator and Shari's magistrate court and substance abuse prevention background give them an insight into the daily hardships and struggles these families face such as the disconnect of a loved one that can cause difficulties in relationships, family issues at home that create distractions for employees creating the potential for work-related injuries, poor job performance and substance abuse, and the limited resources available in this area that compound the stress and frustration of raising a family while being separated from loves ones for extended periods of time.

Pipeline Home, Inc. hopes to connect with businesses and governmental agencies to build a coalition of support services that will benefit businesses, local communities and families in central West Virginia.

Planned local and on-line services include finance/taxation workshops, family-oriented activities, camps and competitions, regional substance abuse training, ethics workshops and educational programs, an informational database that will include an "Available to Work List" to benefit individuals as well as businesses, website resource links, resources for out-of-area job sites, including campground/lodging locator and safety screening, a Pipeline Home Safety Rodeo (subject to available funding), a high school youth Safety Rodeo, volunteerism opportunities, and so much more.

For more information, contact Shari Johnson, Program Director, at (304) 377-6036, or Shelia Burch, Program Manager, at (304) 483-4679 or 354-6707, or visit their website at www.pipelinehome.com

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