Martinsburg Aging and Disability Resource Center to Close


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After assisting people in need for the past several years, the West Virginia Aging and Disability Resource Center in Martinsburg will be closing its doors June 30 due to state budget cuts.

"I think there was about $80,000 this year that was being cut from social service programs," said Christine Oakley, a social worker at the center. "The ADRC was a big cut."

The center had to cut its budget by 7.5 percent. Only three of the 11 centers will remain open in the state located in Petersburg, Fairmont and Princeton. Less than 25 percent of the clients are walk ins and those three centers were the top performers. The ADRC helps seniors and those with disabilities find services and resources to help them in their lives.

"In-home care, nutrition, ramps, home modifications some chore services," Oakley said. "All kinds of things."

They also assist anyone else who might need help from infants, to people who may not even have disabilities.

One of the disadvantages that clients are going to have is that they will no longer be able to see the people that they work with in person, and they'll have to travel to other centers in West Virginia for assistance.

"You can still call our Petersburg office, and they're going to help you just the same as we do here," Oakley said. "The only difference is I won't be here to see anyone face to face, and a lot of people appreciate that."

Oakley is the only one who will be losing her job at the Martinsburg center. She said it was tough to let her clients know that they are shutting their doors.

"I did let a lot of them know back in March," Oakley said. "We serve so many people, it's just about who calls now to let them know we definitely are closing."

The center served Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Last year they assisted more than 600 people.

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