SHORT GAP - “He was the best son any dad could ever have,” were the words of Allen Moreland as he described his son Travis Phillip Moreland, who died this past January.
“He loved people, always wanted to help others, and had a passion to make things better,” Moreland said of his son.
In memory of Travis, Moreland and family members wanted to move forward to form a foundation and in a way, help others and establish an addiction recovery center.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP -  “He was the best son any dad could ever have,” were the words of Allen Moreland as he described his son Travis Phillip Moreland, who died this past January.
“He loved people, always wanted to help others, and had a passion to make things better,” Moreland said of his son.
In memory of Travis, Moreland and family members wanted to move forward to form a foundation and in a way, help others and establish an addiction recovery center.
Moreland said, “A lot of paper work is involved and things have to be ironed out” to open a recovery center, but, “If one person is helped through the program, it is worth it.”
He did say that the Travis Phillip Moreland Recovery Center is not quite ready to be opened, but when that happens the center will be in the basement of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Short Gap.
Scott Knowlton, pastor of the Wesley Chapel, stated in a blog that as he approached the board members of the church with the information for a recovery center to be allowed in the church, they voted unanimously to allow this to happen.
In addition to the recovery center placement in the church basement, Narcotics Anonymous will be located at the church.
Moreland said the center will offer information on addiction recovery placement and treatment options.
He said that with the Short Gap recovery center being supported by Dr. Raj B. Masih and the Narcotics Anonymous Center, Petersburg, “They have the knowledge to help us.”
Moreland said that a recent letter of support from the Mineral County Commission will assist with the center.
He mentioned the letter from the commission will be given to the Potomac Highlands Guild, and will be used as a tool to “help us get grants.”
Moreland said that once the Travis Phillip Moreland Recovery Center is operational, “It will be opened to help those in Mineral County, along with Hampshire and Allegany counties and anyone from all areas.”
Adding to what his son was like, Moreland said, “He was well-liked, had many friends, probably more than I knew about, and is missed by a lot of people.”
In his blog, Knowlton said, “Nobody is immune to the drug problem,” and drugs could “very easily get ahold of someone we love.”