All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
Mountain Market, a new store located in Thomas, WV, will open on Saturday, February 9, 2019. This store will be managed by a client from Applewood Transitions for Young Women and be stocked with products made by the clients of Cabin Mountain Living Center and the Journey WV for Young Men. The products include goats milk soaps and candles, lip balm, upcycled primitives, art, jewelry and wood products. The store will also include jewelry from MJ Designs that supports mindfulness and meditation practices, including earrings, wrap bracelets, and Mala necklaces for prayer and meditation. (MJ Designs was founded by the Coordinator of Student Services and Lead Life Coach at Q&A Associates.)
“The residents of Cabin Mountain Living Center struggle to find sustainable employment due to their individual challenges, but they are a talented group of people with lots to contribute,” said Angie Shockley, Founder and CEO of Q&A Associates, parent company for Cabin Mountain Living Center. “This is the newest opportunity that the Q&A programs are providing for our clients to explore and develop new skills,” said Keith Bishop, Q&A's Chief Operating Officer. Partnerships in the community have provided a launching ground for the products that will be sold in the Mountain Market.
Thomas, WV, is an eclectic small mountain town featuring boutique shops, art galleries, world class music, antiques, and quaint, small town living. While the town has less than 1000 residents, it is one of the Tucker County destinations hosting nearly a million tourists a year. “Having a retail space in Thomas is a wonderful opportunity,” said Shockley, “the products made by our clients will be seen by thousands of people.”
A quick hat top to Scooter Goldman, a former marine and rodeo man who has become wood shop mentor and teacher at Cabin Mountain Living Center and Journey Transitions for Young Men. Each client has the opportunity to spend time with “Mr. Scooter” in the shop. They are learning the basics like measuring and design as well as the operation of each piece of equipment. Clients are working on dining room tables, benches, flower boxes, cutting boards, oven push/pulls, and flag boxes to honor the fallen heroes of our country.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs works with young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our 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.