CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A resident of Clarkbsurg, Thomas Dyer held a meeting discussing the Mission Wednesday evening at the Clarksburg Country Club. Some residents of Glen Elk, city officials, and numerous other individuals with interest express concerns regarding the mission and possible solutions.
The Mission said they want to be open, honest, and transparent while working with the community solving the problems of homelessness and those struggling.
“We don’t have the resources to move. If someone could help come along side us and move us into some area that would optimize the work that we do and help the folks that we serve it would be great. I really do feel like we need to be somewhere near downtown,” said Lou Ortenzio, Executive Director of the Clarksburg Mission.
Ortenzio also stated that the mission needs more community involvement and sometimes they feel isolated in the work they are doing.
“It’s not an issue we can solve single handedly, but when you have community members that come together and approach a city and want to work together then that’s when you can get resolutions to your problem,” said Cathy Goings, Mayor of the City of Clarksburg.
The City of Clarksburg said they hope this conversation is the start of a larger conversation. Mayor Goings said the city has been working with the Mission as well as conversations and resolutions to various issues.
“We do see tremendous stories of success where people move on in life and get a job, get an income, and get their own place and sometimes live happily ever-after. I always encounter stories of folks who are thanking us for the work that we do, and the successes that they made as we came along and gave them a helping hand at the time that they needed it,” said Ortenzio.
Clarksburg Mission said it is not practical for them to relocate to a farm as many of the residents they serve have jobs downtown in Clarksburg and would need a location with easy access to downtown areas.