Café Night at Immanuel’s House—–   Soup and Live Music Friday Night, April 28th – free will offering – Soup & Refreshments at 6 p.m. Live Music at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.     a “sweet intermission” between sets 1st set – Featuring Will Houston & Barbara Miller 2nd set – Featuring Cindy Evarts & Mary Gunderson King We’re happy to have an eclectic collection of songs for this Café Night,                         ranging from gospel to alternative music. OUR Co-Op Opportunity Upward Rising The sewing & card group will be selling hand-made aprons, hats, totes, shawls, and cards. Come and enjoy an evening of great food, fellowship, and music! Where: 713 Buxton Street        Martinsburg, WV Blessings and peace, Mary

Cold Weather Shelter Meeting

A Message from Pastor Ken Walker at Trinity United Methodist Church
We have been meeting and planning for a Cold Weather Shelter for next year. There is much to learn and consider. Hope you can join us for our next meeting.
Our next meeting will take place on Monday April 3rd at 1:00 p.m. (Trinity UMC). Visiting us will be Rev. Bob Shefner and John Cloyd from the Jefferson County Community Ministries.
Calendar link: https://jccm.us/events/month/
Location link: http://jccm.us/meal-and-shelter-locations/
Living In God’s Hope Today,

Rev. Dr. Ken Walker, Pastor
– Trinity United Methodist Church
– 220 West Martin Street
– Martinsburg, WV 25401
– 304.263.9215 (church)
– 304.620.6262 (cell)
– pastorkenw@comcast.net           

Helping Homeless Neighbors in 2016

In 2016, the Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless was able to shelter 84 children and 107 adults for 1-3 days in motels when no other shelter was available or feasible.  We were able to do this because of the generosity of our donors, grantors and churches.  FCCH became a WV non-profit corporation and received grants from the Eastern WV Community Foundation, Ecolabs and Emergency Food and Shelter program through the United Way.  Thank you to our grantors and to everyone who donated so FCCH could help our homeless neighbors.

In addition to emergency shelter, the kind and caring volunteers in our area served meals, provided food, respite care, medical care, warm clothes, sleeping bags and blankets. And some of our homeless neighbors were able to move into permanent shelter. Most important many volunteers in our area gave a little hope to those who need it most.  Thank you all for your generosity, sacrifices and kindness.  It is heartwarming to know there are so many people helping others when there is so much need all around us.

Let’s pray that 2017 brings peace, hope and housing for our neighbors.

Mary got the care she needed near home

A homeless young man contacted FCCH because he was concerned about an older lady who he knew who was homeless and sleeping in the woods.  He took two FCCH representatives to the woods where Mary was and they talked her into joining a worship service and dinner that was being served at Immanuel’s House on Monday evening.  With a tear in her eye, Mary joined in the worship service and sang along.  She insisted on contributing 2 of the 3 dollars that she had in her pocket to the pastor because she wanted to ” tithe.”   Mary also met with a nurse from Shenandoah Health Clinic that evening at Immanuel’s House.  Shenandoah staff provide medical service at Immanuel’s House on the 2nd Monday of each month.  A FCCH representative arranged for Mary to stay in a motel in Martinsburg that night and Mary was excited to be able to wash her hair.   The next morning  the FCCH representatives  took Mary to Bethany House where she was warm and safe and stayed for a week.  Then the FCCH representative arranged to take her to a long- term shelter in Roanoke where she could receive the mental health services she needed too.  Mary was originally from Roanoke so she was comfortable with this arrangement.  Sometimes God works in quiet and amazing ways through good people and organizations!

Panhandling ? Homeless ?

Homelessness and Panhandling in Martinsburg?

Because homelessness is such a sad but real problem in our country and community, I have to admit I felt proud of my grandchildren as they put their own money in a cup that an older lady was holding as she sat on the sidewalk.  At the same time, I know that I’ve passed panhandlers on the street and sidewalks when I didn’t feel safe or comfortable donating.  As we focus  on the obvious panhandling issue in our community,  there are still many homeless individuals and families in our community who are not so obvious.  There are ways to help our homeless neighbors.

The Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH) will provide temporary emergency shelter when there is no other shelter option available.  For example, sometimes the Rescue Mission and Bethany House are full or unable to accept homeless persons for various reasons.  With no other option available,  FCCH can arrange to pay for a night or two in a motel  and help to connect  homeless neighbors with services and longer term assistance. There are so many reasons why a family or individual can become homeless:  Loss of job, lack of transportation, high rental rates and low salaries, illness, mounting medical bills, wage garnishments are just a few.

FCCH operates solely with volunteers and donations and is tremendously grateful to the Eastern WV Community Foundation for recently providing a matching $5,000 grant to reimburse FCCH and provide children and their families with temporary emergency shelter and hopefully turn their lives around.  To learn how you can help the FCCH and help homeless families? Check out our website at https:faithcommunitycoalitionforhomeless.com, call 240-405-6794, email wvfcch@gmail.com or send  much needed matching donations to PO Box 523, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

 

 

WV Coalition to End Homelessness YES!

On a rainy week-end in June a family with a one year old baby was shocked, but fortunately  not hurt, when the roof of their rented trailer fell in.  They had nowhere to go.   The Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless  arranged for a motel room for a few days.  Family friends, FCCH volunteers and a representative from the WV Coalition to End Homelessness got a truck and moved the family’s furniture to a shed.  And the WV Coalition to End Homelessness was able get the family into a rapid re-housing apartment the next week.  Now Mom has full time job too, the family is expecting another baby plus they are in unsubsidized housing. YES! Thank you to our volunteers, our partners at WV Coalition to End Homelessness and to all of you who have helped and contributed to The Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless!

Free Meals in Berkeley County

PLEASE EMAIL ANY ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO  wvfcch@gmail.com

Every Day: (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

UNION RESCUE MISSION 608 W. King Street
7:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM Sunday breakfast @ 8:00 AM lunch 12:30
304-263-6901
wdannyc@yahoo.com

Monday:  (Dinner) 5:30 PM

IMMANUEL’S HOUSE
713 Buxton Street
304-596-1155

Tuesday : (Dinner) 5-5:30 p.m.

HEDGESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Parking Lot 336 S. Queen Street

Tuesday:  (Lunch)   11:15 -noon

DESTINY CHURCH
115 N. Raleigh Street
304-267-4489
Jimtiger567@frontier.com

Second and Fourth Tuesday (Dinner)  4:30 – 5:30 PM

CHURCH OF THE BRETHEN
136 E. Moler Ave
304-267-4135   pastoreddy@moleravenue.org

Third Tuesday  (Dinner) 5:00-6:15 p.m.

BETHEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD
2010 Tavern Rd.
304-267-8694

Third Wednesday  (Lunch) 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

GERRARDSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
110 Dominion Road
Gerrardstown, WVa

Last Wednesday of each month   (Dinner) 6:00 -7:00  p.m.

TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
220 W Martin Street
304-263-9215
umctrinity@comcast.net

Thursday:  (Dinner) 5:00-7:00 p.m.

CHRIST REFORM CHURCH
117 E. Burke Street
304-267-8678

2nd Thursday: (Dinner) 5:00-6:30 p.m.

HEDGESVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
201 S. Mary Street, Hedgesville, WV
304-754-8793
http://www.thehedgeumc.org

Friday:  (Dinner) 4:00 -5:30 p.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
315 W. King St.
304-263-5722
firstfamilywv@yahoo.com

2nd Saturday  8-10 a.m.

PIKESVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
25 Payne’s Ford Rd.
304-263-4633

Saturday:  (Lunch) 12:00 -12:45 p.m.

CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
220 W. Burke St.
304-267-4542
calvaryum@frontier.com

4th Saturday only : (LUNCH) 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
101 W. Martin St.
304-263-9291
ChurchOffice@stjohnsmartinsburg.org

PLEASE EMAIL ANY ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO wvfcch@gmail.com

Eastern WV Community Foundation

Eastern WV Community Foundation provides funds for homeless children…

Marie Keegin, Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless Inc.

On a bitter cold Friday night in January a single Dad and his two preschool  sons  find themselves without a roof over their heads.  They have just been evicted from their apartment because he lost his job.  It’s late and social service agencies are closed for the weekend.  Where can they find help?

The Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless (FCCH) will provide temporary shelter  when there is no other options available.  A representative from FCCH can arrange to pay for as many as three nights in a motel  so that people have a “breathing period” to identify and contact people and organizations that may be able to provide longer term assistance. There are so many reasons why families become homeless.  Loss of jobs, lack of transportation, high rental rates, mounting medical bills, wage garnishments are just a few.  FCCH helps families and individuals make connections with people who can help.

FCCH operates  solely with volunteers and donations and is tremendously grateful to The Eastern WV Community Foundation for recently providing a matching $5,000 grant to help stretch precious dollars and assist homeless children and their parents with temporary emergency shelter and hopefully begin to turn their lives around.

Want to know how you can help the FCCH help homeless families? Please check out our website at  https://faithcommunitycoalitionforhomeless.com call 240-405-6794, or email wvfcch@gmail.com.