You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa
At Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa), we are committed to reducing poverty.
As the causes of poverty are complex and varied, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for those we serve. Collaborations with other social service agencies are a way to drive broader social and systems change, and to utilize resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.
“Struggling to piece together the various supportive services available in any given community is often half the battle for people in times of crisis or chronic need,” said Beth Zarate, CCWVa President and Chief Executive Officer. “The more we focus on service integration and building meaningful strategic partnerships, the more streamlined our collective impact becomes for those we serve.”
Across the western area of the state, we have partnered with parishes in Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg to open Catholic Charities Community Centers. Our Centers provide access to a variety of social services, including HomeCare, Disaster Services, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach, basic needs assistance, case management services and more.
In Morgantown, Catholic Charities has joined Hazel’s House of Hope, a social service hub housing multiple non-profit organizations. We are thrilled for this opportunity to influence a model of collaborative services that truly move people out of poverty.
In Wheeling, we operate our new Hospital Transition Program in partnership with WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital. We have seen great success in providing a supportive transition for high-risk patients as they are discharged from the hospital.
“WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital is so proud to have this truly unprecedented partnership where patients now have access to the array of services at Catholic Charities. This is changing the lives of so many.” – Deacon Paul Lim, WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital Vice President of Mission Integration.
Through collaborations with other social service providers, we know we can better empower those we serve, improve their quality of life – and ultimately reduce poverty.
By Katie Hinerman Klug, CCWVa Marketing Communications Specialist