Social Programs for Drug-Impacted Families

Pollen8, Inc. hosts multiple social programs that aid drug-affected families throughout every stage of recovery.

Camp Appalachia is a summer camp and after-school-care program for at-risk, elementary school aged children where they can come together with children of shared experiences, receive homework assistance and tutoring, play therapy (using music, art, and theater) to find their voices and tell their stories, spend time outside on a natural playground, and receive a nutritional meal before going home.  Parents will also participate in group classes to learn the importance of education and receive help with job skills and employability.

Appalachian Academy is a program of not only intervention and treatment but allows for the opportunity to be preventative in the improvement of the lives and academic success of children who are at-risk. The program collaborates with area South Charleston (Kanawha County) schools to identify academically at-risk children who live in poverty with behavioral issues. Appalachian Academy offers tutoring, play therapy, and mentoring to develop coping skills and promote better behavioral outcomes at school. Appalachian Academy is an opportunity for children to interact and share experiences in a safe and nurturing environment, while cultivating self-efficacy and learning valuable preventative behaviors.

Appalachian Behavioral Health provides comprehensive individual, family, and group therapy to assist drug addicted parents in addressing the underlying causes of their addiction, the children will receive trauma-focused therapy to learn coping skills, while the family as a whole learns to modify and change their behaviors towards more productive life choices.

Appalachian Community Education Initiative was created to educate the general public and special interests groups about the social problems that are a direct result of poverty.  A Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is used to invite participants to walk a month in the life of families who live in poverty to experience the hardships these families face.  The goal is to help participants understand how substance abuse, criminal activity, abuse and neglect, and other diminished capacities could be used as mal-adaptive coping skills.

Café Appalachia is a model of One World Everybody Eats.  The café provides nutritious meals with produce provided by the farm at KISRA The café is open to the public and the clients of Pollen8, Inc. will work there learning culinary, service, business, and management skills to help them with employability upon release of the program.