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Jackson, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants assistance programs.

Community Resources, Inc. is the regions non-profit community action agency. The center runs several programs for low income and struggling families.

Education and Employment programs will assist with job skill development and provide opportunities to those who need them. Staff will support job-seekers in both finding and retaining meaningful employment, acquiring work experience, and obtaining GEDs if needed. The agency also works with potential employers in West Virginia.

Self-Sufficiency is a related service. This is often dependent on someone working at a job that has a sustainable income. Also get information on available services for increasing employment income.

Financial counseling/independence workshops and classes are offered. Get assistance with establishing savings and checking accounts, understanding and repairing credit, reducing debts, and identifying opportunities for financial independence. Receive credit counseling, improvements to credit scores, personal and family financial records assistance, and other support.

Apply for utility bill help at the Community Resources, Inc. from Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Hundreds of families in Gilmer, Calhoun and other regions can get help with paying the cost of home heating bills from cash grants. A crisis component is available for households facing a disconnection or the loss of a heating source. Click here for more information.

Free income tax filing is offered from VITA/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Volunteers and staff can provide free E-File tax preparations, both federal and state of West Virginia. Ensure you receive all tax credits possible.

Emergency financial assistance/crisis intervention is available. Receive emergency financial assistance in the areas of health care, free food, housing, rent and utilities. CRI can help people apply for this.




Referrals are available to other non-profits and sources in Jackson and Pleasants County. Examples include Head Start, child care, Right From The Start (medical care for parents and babies), WV Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), The Gabriel Project and more.

Transition housing is offered by CRI. In addition, rent help is available for individuals and families. They can get assistance in securing safe and affordable housing in the region. Or apply for section 8 vouchers or other rental assistance.

First time home buyer counseling is available. Find assistance in completing the first steps toward home purchase, improving credit scores and more. Also sign up for foreclosure prevention training, home repair, and get support in preparing, renovating or rehabilitating homes to improve energy conservation.

It is often combined with Housing Emergency Loan Program, or HELP. The state and community action agencies will provide low interest loans to help repair, renovate or rehabilitate homes that have safety hazards such as a windows, siding, or a roof. The Onsite System Loan Program is to repair/replace septic systems.

Free foreclosure prevention will help families and individuals catch up on mortgage payments to avoid foreclosure on the home. Or they can receive help in refinancing their loan.

Weatherization is offered in Doddridge County and is overseen by Community Resources, Inc. It can lower the utility bill costs low-income families by improving the efficiency of their homes. A focus is on the elderly and families with young children at home.

The non-profit Community Resources, Inc. has several offices in the region. Numerous other referrals and support services are available. Click here.

  • 258 Court Street, Grantsville, West Virginia 26147, phone 304-354-9265
  • Rt. 2 Box 25B, West Union, WV 26456, telephone (304) 873-3439
  • 206 Stone Drive, Ripley, WV 25271, call 304-373-0313
  • 09 2nd Street, St. Marys, WV 26170, dial 304-684-3461 for intake

Consumer Credit Counseling Service Of North Central West Virginia supports consumers in all counties. The programs administered include debt management plans, credit repair, and general counseling. Resources help individuals who are over-extended on their bills or who would like assistance with money management skills. Services are offered in Clarksburg, Buckhannon, Morgantown, Fairmont, Elkins, and Philippi. 209 West Pike, Clarksburg, WV 26301, phone (800) 498-6681. More plans for debt management.

Government programs are run from your local County DHHR office. The working poor can apply for food stamps, programs such as Head Start, section 8 vouchers, and more.

  • Calhoun County DHHR, 404 Main ST, Grantsville West Virginia 26147, (304) 354-6118
  • Department of Health and Human Resources - Doddridge County, 220 W Main St, Harrisville, WV 26362, dial (304) 643-2934
  • Jackson County, Department of Health and Human Resources, 2139 Cedar Lakes Rd., Ripley, West Virginia 25271, call (304) 372-7885
  • Pleasants County, 220 W Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362, call (304) 643-2934





United Summit Center can assist families who have someone living at home who has a developmental disability. Some financial assistance for bills and basic needs may be offered. 6 Hospital Plaza, Clarksburg, WV 26301, (304) 623-5661

Children's Home Society of WV runs the Right From the Start program. Call (304) 485-0650 for information on services for women, infants and children.

Salvation Army will help meet human needs, regardless of religion and race. Assistance programs offered include Clothing, Utility Bill Assistance, Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Furniture/Household Goods. Other resources include Meals on Wheels, Thanksgiving Meals and free Christmas Help. Limited amounts of utility bill help is very limited and may include up to $25. A food pantry and thrift store are also available. Telephone number is (304) 485-4529.

Senior Care Of North Central WV, Inc. offers assistance to the elderly and senior citizens. This can include Medicaid Waiver, Professional and Qualified Homemaker services, shopping and errands, light housekeeping. Also get information on public assistance such as Medicare. 1412 Buckhannon Pike, Nutter Fort, WV 26301. Phone (304) 624-0099

Good Samaritan Clinic, Inc. offers free medical care to the uninsured, indigent and low income who qualify. The clinic also participates in the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Testing, lab work, and pharmacy services are all made available in northern and western West Virginia. 911 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26104. Call (304) 422-7357




OMCFH (Office of Maternal, Children & Family Health) may offer some medical care on a sliding fee scale to those who can't otherwise afford to pay their medical bills. 4601 Rosemar Road, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Call (304) 422-8820, or read more West Virginia clinics.

Minnie Hamilton Health Center is a fee based community clinic. Your bill will be based upon services provided and the patients health insurance coverage. 186 Hospital Drive, Grantsville, West Virginia 26147. Call (304) 354-9244 for intake.

Clarksburg Health Access, Inc. will coordinate medical services offered to persons without insurance or a medical card. Referrals are made to specialists as the physician deems necessary. Prescription medication is provided, at no cost. The Health Access center provides free or affordable primary care services to those 18 years of age or older who do not have Medicaid, insurance, or Medicare. Call (304) 622-2708

Gilmer Primary Care is another medical clinic for the low income. Glenville, WV 26351. Call (304) 462-7322


By Jon McNamara

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