Accomplishments For the Our First 30 Months
• Organized and conducted community Summit on Homelessness in region
and a follow-up Strategic Planning Session October 2, 2015. During these sessions, FCCH set and reset goals to address the service gaps and needs for homeless.
• Assembled, distributed and continue to update contact information for our growing FCCH.
• Submitted and received initial grant from WV Catholic Charities (CCWV) for Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families.
• Received donations from Marge Meyer memorial fund and continue to receive support from churches and partners in our area.
• Trained 15 Emergency Fund Authorized Representatives of FCCH.
• Established procedure and forms for approving, billing and paying for emergency hotel shelter nights.
• Established partnerships with 5 motels to provide rooms for clients approved by FCCH authorized representatives.
• Procured motel rooms for 273 persons: 90 children, 177 adults, 6 seniors and 28 disabled individuals.
• FCCH Coalition Meets at Immanuel’s House: first Tuesday of odd months at 5:30 p.m.
• Focused first on Safety for Homeless and saw noticeable improvement.
• Provided safety training for Immanuel’s House staff and volunteers.
• St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church assembled and FCCH distributed 275 sleeping bags.
• Arden United Methodist Church Youth presented 150 hygiene kits to FCCH.
• Coordinated clothing donations with St. Luke’s and Church Without Walls.
• Recruited Volunteers for Point In Time surveys.
• Notified FCCH members of updates on availability for area emergency shelters, transportation, etc. during winter emergencies.
• Continue to connect and share information and make referrals that bring more services and resources to our homeless friends.
• Coordinate with Housing Prioritization Group, Health and Human Services, Housing Work Group, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Telamon Corporation, Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority and many other churches/organizations in our area
• Coordinate transportation, hauling furniture, food, clothes for homeless emergencies.
• Worked with Catholic Charities West Virginia to establish coordinated furniture ministry for newly housed.
• Good Samaritan Free Clinic (GSFC), coordinates with WVU and Shenandoah Community Services to provide medical care at Immanuel’s House for the needy and the homeless. This group has also started a Street Medicine program.
• Recruited and provided initial training for Next Step Program volunteers.
• Partnered with Good Samaritan Free Clinic for our first 5K “Keep the Faith” walk/run for homeless.
• Hosted first community Hunger and Homeless Week Soup Fest at Immanuel’s House.
• Became non-profit Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless Inc!
Tax deductible contribution can be sent to:
Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless Inc.
PO Box 523 Martinsburg WV 2540