All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
In the fall of 2015, Angie Shockley, the founder of Q&A Associates, was given the opportunity to purchase a property consisting of a farm house, several barns, a former medical clinic, nearly 15 acres and a 200 year old working grist mill. After calling in all resources, this incredible opportunity became a reality. Cabin Mountain Living Center had a new home, one of the three different program offerings for Q&A Associates.
The property includes opportunities for the clients to care for chickens, goats, cattle, a pot bellied pig, a large garden and various fruit trees. It also provides an environment where the clients of Cabin Mountain Living Center (CM) can live with a real sense of community. These clients have the opportunity to live in gender-specific lodging while also learning and practicing healthy social boundaries. "This is one of the most important life skills we teach and foster at Cabin Mountain," said Shockley. "Learning to recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships is something most of our clients struggle with, and it is essential that we provide them with the education and coaching necessary for them to practice these skills in an independent way. CM is specifically designed for young adults who face challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, developmental delays, and other neurological disorders."
The former property owners assisted and the The Old Mill came to life again this spring. The Mill is powered by water from the Dry Fork River which then turns grinding stones, resulting in cornmeal which is then packaged for sale. The Old Mill also features a Gift Shop where community artists and artisans showcase their products. This serves as a connection to community for the clients, but also provides them inspiration and ideas for their own products. Several talented staff of Q&A share their skills with the clients and showcase their products in The Mill. "We have folks who make beautiful jewelry, primitive crafts, stained glass art, and upcycled furniture and decorative items," continued Shockley, "which is a great way to support the Cabin Mountain clients in their own work and help them create an audience for their products."
In addition, Shockley intends to hold workshops on the second floor of the Mill, which is a natural studio space. "I will be teaching mindfulness classes as well as bringing in local teachers to lead yoga, dance, improvisation and art classes," said Shockley, "We also intend to feature local singers, songwriters, and musicians by inviting them to perform acoustically on weekends at The Mill." The Mill served as the hub of the community for generations and it is Shockley's hope that it will once again be a gathering place not only for the clients of Q&A Associates, but also for the members of the community of Harman, WV. "This Mill is a living history and the only way it continues is if it is shared," said Shockley.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs offers three different options for young adults in West Virginia, Applewood Transitions for Young Women, The Journey WV for Young Men and Cabin Mountain Living Center. All provide opportunities for our students to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. The clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.