Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) announced it will join Hazel’s House of Hope in Morgantown. Hazel’s House of Hope is located in the former Ramada Inn on Scott Avenue – a building that is being converted into a social service hub to house multiple non-profit organizations.
“Catholic Charities views this opportunity as much more than shared office space,” said Beth Zarate, CCWVa President and Chief Executive Officer. “It is a rare chance to improve how nonprofits in Morgantown function, as well as an opportunity to influence a model of collaborative services that truly move people out of poverty.”
“We are incredibly grateful to the trustees of the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust for their vision and commitment to serving struggling West Virginians,” said Zarate.
CCWVa programs that will operate out of 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.
“Catholic Charities knows the stronger our collaborations, the better our ability to serve clients in a way that is lasting and meaningful,” said Zarate. “We look forward to multi-disciplinary team meetings with Hazel House non-profits and improving the communication, coordination and decision making around the people we serve.”
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; Hope Hill Sobering Center; and Lauren’s Wish Crisis Triage Center.
“Catholic Charities West Virginia is well-established in Monongalia County and all of North Central West Virginia,” said Jonathan Board, Interim Executive Director of Morgantown Community Resources, Inc. “The incredible staff of CCWVa tirelessly provide vitally important services throughout all of Appalachia. Morgantown Community Resources considers it a true privilege to serve alongside so venerable an organization.”
Catholic Charities knows that service environment makes a difference.
“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.