On Wednesday, The Change Initiative of West Virginia along with help from other area agencies opened the doors of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg as an emergency shelter to homeless and those in need.
With negative temperatures and those seeking a warm place to stay The Change Initiative said they are providing air mattresses and blankets for people to use. Snacks and food were also provided to give nourishment to those who were hungry. They said the community has been great to donate and help but there are still some things needed.
“We can always use more donations, we’re seeing different people come through the doors each day. People are needing gloves, hats, and scarfs, all of that, as well as drinks and granola bars are always appreciated,” said Anjellica Scott, Vice President of The Change Initiative of West Virginia.
Volunteers said that they keep a positive and happy atmosphere providing some entertainment for those using the shelter with movies and music.
“I feel like this is my calling like I was meant to do this, and I absolutely love these people, I love my group he Change Initiative. And we have just done so many things in the months that we have been doing this, and the community has overwhelmed me with all of their kindness and their donations,” said Michelle Freeman, a volunteer with the Change Initiative of West Virginia.
The shelter will remain open until Friday at United Methodist Temple. The Change Initiative will be moving its shelter to different community locations within the Clarksburg area.