Recovery Point Charleston is a non-profit organization that stands for second chances. Its clients, recovering addicts alcoholics, seek its services to help them on their road to recovery.
One recovering addict, Acacia Gaudio said, “when I stated using, I developed only relationships, more like relations that only involved the ude of drugs and how I was going to get them.”
About one month into the program, she had her bags packed and moments away from giving up, until David showed up.
“He makes everything worth it. There are a lot of things that are hard here, this isn’t an easy program,” said Acacia.
“I hang out with David more than I hang out with anyone here.”
They are inseperable, sharing similar struggles in finding their second chance at life.
David was a shelter dog at the Kanawha County Humane Association. He is seven years old and had little promise of finding a home, until the Charleston Police Department gave him a new purpose.
Cpl. Errol Randle adopted David and sent him to Mount Olive Correctional Complex’s paws4prison program – a program where inmates help properly train various assistance dogs.
Once David completed training, Randle knew of a place where David could have a second chance – Recovery Point Charleston.
“It teaches you responsibility for somebody other than yourself,” said Acacia.
Recovery Point Charleston Program Director, Anna Holley said, “responsibility, they all really like to jump up and care for him. You see love and compassion and you see them chance a little bit emotionally just because he’s around 24/7.”
This is the first time Recovery Point has ever had a therapy dog. Staffers say David is finding his purpose while helping the women of Recovery Point find theirs.