CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A three-year-old chaplaincy program at Charles Town Races that has helped employees there deal with alcohol, gambling and substance abuse is handling a growing number of cases, an official with the program said last week.
Although he could not provide any figures to reflect the increase, chaplain Rick Mann said 50 people were helped with such problems last year.
In the first two months of this year, 35 people have been given assistance, Mann said.
When Mann started the racetrack chaplaincy in 1999, he helped about 22 track employees with addictions to alcohol and gambling.
"They are increasing all the time. I think it's just we're finding more," Mann told the Jefferson County Commission last week.
Mann outlined the group's activities to the commissioners last Thursday. The commissioners gave the racetrack chaplaincy $5,000 last year, and this year the group is requesting $10,000 to help fund its programs.