Families who need help will often contact Catholic Charities in West Virginia. This non-profit charity agency can offer people of all backgrounds, religions, and races referrals, information, and support. Those who meet additional qualifications and income guidelines may be able to receive financial assistance and help with paying for basic or emergency needs or bills.
Services available are wide ranging, and most are listed below. Call a nearby Catholic Charity office for details and additional information.
Walk in clinics – Some centers have information on local health and dental centers as well as community clinics. For example, a clinic is offered by Wheeling Hospital. Some locations have doctors and/or nurses on staff who treat patients, or refer them to specialists as needed. Prescriptions and follow-up are often provided at minimal cost, or for free, to the patients.
Eye Care – Services may be provided by Lion's Club, Lens Crafters, and Anwar.
Clothing – People who need uniforms or clothes for work, or children or teenagers who need items for school, may be able to obtain new or gently used clothing.
Children's Services – Includes food, diapers, baby products and clothes.
Utilities – West Virginia Catholic Charity centers can have financial help to prevent services from being terminated. Many of the centers can help people apply for emergency government aid such as LIHEAP or weatherization.
Documents – Includes help with applications for jobs, public aid, social benefits, etc. Assistance is offered by request.
Food pantry and assistance – Hundreds of people receive meals, groceries, and free food. Much of this aid is run by local churches across West Virginia that work with Catholic Charities.
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals - Holiday food packages can be distributed, and include a turkey, ham or other health food. They are distributed at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Loaves & Fishes in Hinton West Virginia works with Catholic Charities. This program can offer Lost Now Found Thrift Store, Emergency food/utility assistance, SHARE food co-op and donated food distribution, and Christmas outreach.
Homemaker Services are available for the elderly and disabled. These individuals can receive assistance from homemakers, and can get help meeting their daily living needs and thus are able to remain in their own homes. The organization that offers this is a private non-profit agency, and is known as Catholic Community Homemaker Services, Inc. They offer this service wherever there is a need for help. Various comprehensive services and assistance programs can allow individuals to stay in their own home and avoid being placed into a nursing home.
Specific services available include preparation of meals according to individual's diet, personal grooming, assistance with household tasks (i.e. dusting, washing dishes, laundry, cleaning, and vacuuming), transportation to medical appointments, prompting with normally self-administered medication, food shopping, and more.
The Learning Center is available in West Virginia. This program was a part of the family literacy program that won the national Family Strengthening Award presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Catholic Charities USA. Some of the services available by the center are Money management classes; GED and computer classes; Basic literacy instruction; Parenting instruction; and Job skills training.
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