Disaster Services

The Disaster Services program provides help to people in West Virginia when disasters strike. This includes both natural disasters (e.g. floods) and personal household disasters (e.g. house fire). We strive to return people to safe, secure, and stable housing.

Natural Disasters: When natural disasters occur in West Virginia, we work closely with the Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in the affected counties. Our staff provide guidance and support to the LTRGs and answer people’s questions about the recovery process. We connect families to needed resources and help them to determine appropriate next steps toward recovery. Our agency also provides financial assistance (when available) to cases that have gone through case management with the LTRGs.

CCWVa is a member of WV VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and partners with schools, businesses, churches, and other agencies to ensure a smooth recovery process.

Household Disasters: As funding permits, CCWVa can provide some financial assistance to families that have experienced a household disaster such as a fire. Documentation of the disaster is required.

Disaster Services

Disaster Services support efforts to recover from damage resulting from widespread disasters (i.e. floods, storm damage, chemical spills, etc.)...


  • Active member in Long Term Recovery Committees.
  • Provides disaster case management in limited areas of WV.
  • Provides work groups in limited areas of WV.
  • Provides Long Term Recovery consultation throughout the state.


Natural Disasters: We assist only with cases that have gone through the local Long-Term Recovery Group and are actively being worked by a Disaster Case Manager. Households that include children, seniors, or those with a documented disability (e.g. SSI/SSDI recipient) will be given priority. Households that are low-income (e.g. below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines) will also be given priority. Contact Lora Pierce, the Director of Disaster Services, for more information.

Household Disasters: There are no income eligibility requirements for assistance. We do require official documentation of the disaster that must include the address, name of the homeowner or renter impacted, and date and details of the event. Contact your local Regional office for more information (http://catholiccharitieswv.org/regions/).

How to Receive Assistance

Contact the Director of Disaster Services

Call (304) 559-1025

Parish Disaster Ministries

Preparation is the key to mitigating loss and harm in the event of a disaster. Taking the time to think through your parish’s capacity and to formulate a plan will allow you to meet the needs of your parish, parishioners, and the wider community. Working with Catholic Charities WV gives you access to expertise and technical assistance as you perform this ministry. For more information please contact Lora Pierce lpierce@ccwva.org or Kate Kosydar kkosydar@ccwva.org

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Lora Pierce Director of Disaster Services Catholic Charities West Virginia
T: (304) 559-1025


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Disaster Services

Office Address 1024 Quarrier Street Charleston, WV 25301