Fairmont organization secures funding for new office move

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Fairmont nonprofit has received $200,000 in state funding to move to a new office after the organization’s current location was damaged by flooding.

Officials with Disability Action Center determined repairing the aging infrastructure around the Benoni Avenue office would have been impractical following heavy rains in June, and they determined a new location was necessary.

Executive director Julie Sole contacted state Sens. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, and Mike Caputo, D-Marion, for financial help to open a new space. The lawmakers secured $200,000 to facilitate the moving process and get help with office furniture removal through moving services.

“We’re grateful we were able to respond as quickly as we were, and has the community in Marion County,” Beach said. “This is an organization that can’t be ignored. We often use the term no-brainer, but this was a no-brainer.”

The Disability Action Center offers services to more than 500 clients with disabilities. Sole said talks are underway with the current property owner about providing services.

“We have entered into a purchase agreement with a new location,” she said. “That site is on a bus line. It’s a beautiful site, and it’s ADA accessible.”

Sole did not detail the location of the new facility. Further information is expected to be announced in the ensuing days.

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