By Matt Atwood, Southern Regional Director A very kind woman we’ll call “Sue” came to the Southern Region Office in Princeton for help. Sue had lost her home in a fire a few months before and had been living in a storage trailer that was on her property. At age 64, she was living alone as her husband had been in a nursing home for some time. She had been doing her best to make ends meet with her only income being from Social Security. With the help of her brother, Sue had moved a mobile home onto her property, but it still needed repairs before it would be habitable. She reached out to Catholic Charities West Virginia seeking help with those repairs. As the weather was beginning to cool down, she was getting nervous about having a warm place to stay during the winter. Sue had an estimate with...Read More
By Katie Hinerman Klug Many families are one unexpected expense away from experiencing homelessness. Without a support system, families are often separated at homeless shelters and continue to struggle to save money. The Catholic Charities Hospitality House in Wheeling is a unique solution to this problem. The Hospitality House provides transitional housing for a family for three to six months. The family is able to stay intact and sleep under one roof while receiving intensive case management services to get back on their feet. Recently, the Womack family stayed at the Hospitality House. Maria Womack and her husband had been sleeping in their car while their four kids were being juggled between friends’ couches. They struggled to pay for food and other basic needs, and they were not able to even begin to save money for rent payments. “My life has changed for the better being in this program,” said...Read More
By Wendy Miller, West Virginia Birth to Three RAU-1 Program Director I planned my very first camping trip ever this year. Wild horses and an island three states away were involved. I was nervous. Quite a few questions and worst-case scenarios ran through my head. How do I get there? How do I put up a tent? What if it rains? How do I make my morning coffee? Do wild horses attack people? Since I had no past experience from which to draw, I researched what to eat, how to avoid attack by wild horses and bugs, and how to survive a storm in a tent. I practiced setting the tent up in the living room, which was much too small for the mansion I purchased, so I set it up in the back yard. I gave myself pep talks, saying “If Girl Scouts can do it, so can I”...Read More
By Matt Atwood, Southern Region Director A group of individuals who selflessly volunteer their time and talents in the Southern Region of Catholic Charities West Virginia were honored with an appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, July 17. Matt Atwood, Southern Region Director, Nancy Blankenship, Southern Region Program Assistant, and Mary Kelly, SNAP Outreach Specialist in the Southern Region joined 11 volunteers for a delicious Italian meal at a local restaurant. Volunteers from different offices had the opportunity to meet and everyone enjoyed a time of fellowship. The Southern Region’s Beckley Outreach is staffed solely by volunteers from the St. Francis de Sales Parish in Beckley. The office’s primary service is helping clients pay utility termination notices and evictions. The compassionate group of volunteers work with clients to complete applications and gather the necessary verifications. The goal of these efforts is to help those who are struggling meet their basic needs such...Read More
By Matt Atwood, Southern Regional Director The St. Mark’s Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Vienna, Virginia. Each year since 1989, this large church of over 2,000 members has supported the outreach efforts of Catholic Charities West Virginia to assist persons in need in McDowell and Summers Counties. The church, just outside of Washington, D.C., has also hosted several groups of grade school children from McDowell County, allowing them to see the sights of our nation’s capital. The scholarship donor was so impressed by the children from Anawalt Elementary School, who made one such visit, that this scholarship was established in 1993. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior from McDowell County. Catholic Charities West Virginia staff members are pleased to serve on the scholarship committee that selects the awardee. The scholarship is for $2,500 per year, renewable for...Read More
By Wendy Miller, Director of WV Birth to Three RAU-1 Finding words to describe Beckey Weigand is like using crayons to create a Michelangelo; she is a human masterpiece, a living work of art. Beckey came to work with West Virginia Birth to Three over 8 years ago through Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. At first glance, Beckey is quiet, patient, and pleasant, but a closer look uncovers unwavering integrity, gentle humility and selflessness amid daily pain a painful musculoskeletal disorder whose victims are often plagued by widespread pain, fatigue, and concentration concerns. Never once has she complained. Beckey’s selflessness, positive attitude, and advocacy serve as a model. We look to her quiet leadership as a beacon. She is a silent champion, steadfastly helping the most vulnerable conquer goals and fulfill dreams. Our agency works with children from birth until three years of age who have a developmental delay or who...Read More
By Dee Oldaker, Weston Region Program Assistant Here at the Elkins office we serve around 325 clients a month. This would not be possible if it wasn’t for our volunteers. Since April is volunteer month, I would like to recognize a special group of volunteers that we have here. Our Youth Build Crew. Youth Build is a program that gives young adults tools to get a job and keep it. Participants get hands-on experience which is reinforced with classroom instruction, job shadowing and personal guidance. This program lasts between six to eight months. Each day we are sent one Youth Build volunteer who comes in to help with anything, from cleaning the facility to helping clients in the pantry. They are always eager to assist in any way they can. Having eager, dependable volunteers is a crucial part in the services we provide to the community. Dedicated hearts like theirs...Read More
By Grant Coleman, Northern Region Program Assistant Over the years, the Neighborhood Center has been blessed with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Recently, some of our Wednesday volunteer crew has consisted of the staff and students of the Augusta Levy Learning Center—the first intensive autism treatment program in West Virginia. Their mission is to ‘propel children with autism to their higher potential.’ This includes giving back to their local communities at places like the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center. The children and their dedicated staff have done an incredible job around the Center and have been a great addition to our team. While we are enjoying the benefits of their hard work, it seems they are benefiting from their interactions with us, as well. Haley Rush, a behavior specialist with Augusta Levy, said that she and the other staff have noticed some incredible improvements from the kids. “The way the...Read More
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