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Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: HOMELESSNESS - TO ADVANCE HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS AND TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY ON THE PLIGHT OF HOMLESSNESS IN THE AREA.

Target demographics: the homeless

Geographic areas served: the northern panhandle of West Virginia

Programs: case management, transitional housing, residential housing for individuals with disabilities and rapid rehousing assistance. We assist the homeless in Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties of West Virginia.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wish I had received the kind treatment that everyone is talking about on here with wheeling homeless collation. I went in there with my 5month old son and his father. We had absolutely nowhere to go or a steady place to live. We asked for help and resources and where basically turned away that they didn't have anything open and claimed any way to help us. Made me feel like the scum of the earth even though my son was clean healthy and very happy child. We had just fallen onto hard times due to loss of income and employment and family and so called friends using us for everything we had saved til it was gone. We truly needed help and the resources to get back on our feet and stable roof over our heads and got turned away because of it. Saying their budgets were minimal and too many people not enough room to place us anywhere. I was heartbroken and embarrassed that I had asked for help and got treated this way. To this day I do not understand why we were treated that way...bless and lucky for those who did receive their help resources to get back up on their feet...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GWCH provides a wonderful service to the Wheeling area. Once a fairly obscure organization, they have moved to the forefront of what public service is all about.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe any organization that helps the homeless people in this country should be recognized and acknowledged! Keep up the good work!!

Cathy83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of the hard working staff in the Wheeling area. Hats off to them !!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2010, I was lucky enough to be hired by the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless as Programs Coordinator. Although my employment at the Coalition was far more brief than I would have liked, I cherished the months I spent there and the people I met. Like most people, before I worked there, I thought that the Homeless Coalition was primarily a shelter for the homeless, when in fact, it is not. While the Coalition does work in conjunction with several other agencies, including local shelters, it's primary function and goal, is to end homelessness. When a person who is homeless becomes a client of the Coalition, they avail themselves to, many programs that have the potential to truly change their lives. The Coalition staff works closely with individuals to provide them with immediate shelter, and for those who qualify, help in finding long-term housing and even permanent housing, all while providing education and support in essential life skills, such as securing employment, learning to budget and navigating the often-confusing path to earned government benefits. The staff at the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless are a rare bunch, always ready with a warm greeting and a cup of the city's best coffee. They truly are the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever worked with, treating each client with respect and dignity. Every employee makes it his/her mission to identify the best, most effective options available to help each client find his/her way to a better life. Clients who ask for, and receive, assistance are required to actively partake in making life changes, in educational opportunities, and to serve their own hours of service to better their living environments or that of those in the community. They are constantly seeking out new programs that may benefit the homless population of the Ohio Valley, or crafting new ways to pay for the continuation of programs that have proven successful in the past. In short, any individual who finds themselves down on their luck and chooses to step inside the doors of the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless, has already taken the first step to a better life.