By Colleen Rowan
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS—Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) opened a new outreach center in Greenbrier County Sept. 5, made possible by a substantial donation from Jim Justice, owner of the Greenbrier resort.
“We were blessed to receive a large donation from Jim Justice for emergency outreach services,” said Mark Sliter-Hays, executive director of CCWVa. “With the money … we are able to serve individuals and families in need in Greenbrier County.”
The new center is located at 114 W. Main Street in White Sulphur Springs near St. Charles Borromeo Parish. Currently, the center is offering emergency services such as assistance with paying utility bills and rent as well as other basic needs.
In the coming months, Sliter-Hays said, that CCWVa will be assessing the need for the possibility of additional staffing such as a case manager and possible expansion of services such as enrollment for food stamps, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicaid expansion.
Additional funds for the center were also collected at St. Charles Borromeo. Sliter-Hays said that CCWVa is happy to have the opportunity to provide outreach to those in need in this area of the state.
“We are very excited about the possibility to serve families in Greenbrier County,” he said. “Without the generous donations we would not be able to be there.” The new center is open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those in need of assistance may call the center at (304) 536-4177.