Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) celebrated the opening of
its new offices at Hazel’s House of Hope in Morgantown on August 10 with an open house and a blessing by Bishop Mark Brennan.
Hazel’s House of Hope is located in the former Ramada Inn on Scott Avenue – a building that has been converted into a social service hub to house multiple non-profit organizations.
“Hazel’s House of Hope is about building a community of kinship, working together to serve effectively with compassion and dignity,” said Beth Zarate, CCWVa President and Chief Executive Officer. “Catholic Charities is honored to work alongside the many non-profits to provide comprehensive services to everyone who seeks help. It is about working together and serving together in a language that goes to the heart.”
Other non-profits currently providing services at Hazel’s House of Hope include the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties; Salvation Army of Monongalia, Marion, and Preston Counties; Bartlett Housing Solutions; Crittenton Services; Hope Hill Sobering Center; Salvation Army; and Lauren’s Wish Crisis Triage Center.
“Successful collaboration saves costs by sharing infrastructure; but most importantly, it strengthens programming and adds value, kinship, and shared compassion,” said Zarate.
CCWVa programs at Hazel’s House of Hope include a food pantry, basic needs assistance, case management services, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services, Child Care Resource Center, and West Virginia Birth to Three.
Zarate and Catholic Charities officials expressed their gratitude to Hazel Trust and those who inspired the vision of Hazel House of Hope.
“If a family in need can access multiple coordinated resources, that efficiency helps to ease a daily burden,” said Sara Lindsay, CCWVa Chief Program Officer. “Better yet – if a family can sense a genuine community-level effort to provide quality care from multiple angles – it can start to ease the chronic stress of poverty over time.”
CCWVa serves all people regardless of faith, family or background throughout West Virginia.