PRESTONSBURG — Libby Hall, of McDowell, was named a winner of the 2013 Floyd County Community Hero.
Libby Hall was selected as this year’s Floyd County Community Hero after being nominated for her work helping people to overcome substance abuse addictions.
Hall says she wasn’t even aware that her name had been submitted, and that it came as a complete surprise to her that she had even been nominated.
“I don’t feel like I deserve it,” Hall said. “I’m not an expert in addiction, I’ve dealt with it for about 4-to-5 years. I know the good bad and the ugly. I see people trying to do the work, and I try to help them. A lot of times, it’s just loving them unconditionally. A lot of times, that’s all they need is just someone to support them.”
Hall is a retired teacher from the Floyd County School system. Following her retirement, Hall says she became interested in working with substance abuse and sought out training. Hall has operated the faith-based 12-step program “Celebrate Recovery” held at the McDowell First Baptist Church for nearly five years.
Hall says they have also recently formed a support group for the families of people suffering from drug addiction.
Heather Eldridge, one of the people who nominated Hall, says her community hero is “full of joy” and “never gives up on anyone.”
Hall says she just tries to help those who are trying to help themselves. “I take them to court, talk to judges. If they are doing the work I’ll write a letter of recommendation to judges..” She says she also helps people work through difficult legal waters of social services and with finding employment and understands that relapse often accompanies the burdens of the court system, social services, and lack of employment.
“It’s very rewarding, its very challenging. Its very frustrating. So many things go into recovery,” says Hall. She says she was intrigued by the work because both her children, and her daughter-in-law are all social workers.
This year’s Floyd County Community Hero contest was sponsored by Riverview Health Care Center. Submissions to the contest were taken from April 26 to May 17.
Missy Allen, administrator for Riverview, says the competition “gives us an opportunity to recognize folks in our community who are doing awesome things and helps to recognize folks who the community may not be aware.”
“I’ve known Libby for many years, both in the church, and in the community. I was excited to death that she was the winner.”
Meetings of the Celebrate Recovery group are held every Sunday and Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., at the McDowell First Baptist Church. The Family support group meeting is held Monday nights at 7 p.m.