Catholic Charities West Virginia


Catholic Charities Community Center Opens in Charleston

Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) recently opened its new Catholic Charities Community Center on Quarrier Street in Charleston, West Virginia.

Bishop Brennan blesses the new Catholic Charities Community Center of Charleston

“We’re excited our new location is in the midst of the community we serve,” said Bill Hagy, CCWVa Western Regional Director.

The center is a part of the campus of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

“We are so grateful to be working with Father Higgs and his parish family,” said Beth Zarate, CCWVa President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our common goal to serve the most vulnerable is enhanced by the great teamwork, problem solving, communications and genuine belief in love in action,” Zarate said. “We are all motivated to bring our best in serving the poor.”

The Catholic Charities Community Center in Charleston houses programs including Basic Needs Assistance, Case Management, HomeCare, Disaster Services and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach.

From left: Very Rev. Donald Higgs, Rector of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; Beth Zarate, Catholic Charities West Virginia President and Chief Executive Officer; Most. Rev. Mark E. Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

“Our Western Region of Catholic Charities continues to drive Catholic involvement throughout all areas served; in so doing, we not only ask for God’s blessing for the people we serve, but also to strengthen the staff and volunteers who reach out to them every day in His spirit of charity,” said Hagy.

Bishop Brennan blessed the new facility on November 10, 2020.

“While at the site, Bishop Brennan formalized the dedication of our new Charleston site with a special apostolic blessing for each of us, our facility and all those we serve,” said Hagy. “We are immensely blessed to have him here to take note of our efforts as well as our challenges for the future.”


By Katie Hinerman Klug, Catholic Charities West Virginia Marketing Communications Specialist