The Change Initiative and Clarkburg Mission provide shelter to homeless

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The Change Initiative of West Virginia along with help from the Clarksburg Mission opened the doors Friday night at United Methodist Temple as an emergency shelter to homeless and those in need.

Last Sunday approximately 40 people used the services that the initiative had to offer. Volunteers said there is a need for hand warmers, new undergarments, gloves, and socks, just to name a few. The initiative also says they always need volunteers and nurses to volunteer their time to help others.  

“We’ve heard a lot of your changing our lives, thank you, God bless you, there needs to be more people like you. They help clean up, they do, it’s not necessarily always the best cleanup, but they do try,” said Tia Viglianco, President of The Change Initiative.  

The Change Initiative of West Virginia will open the doors of the United Methodist Temple again next week Tuesday through Friday providing meals and shelter to those in need. If anyone would like to make food donations or lend a hand the initiative said it would be greatly appreciated.  

“I don’t know what the future will hold after next week, but we are in conversations with a few other churches. We are confident that how much of this has unfolded so quickly that we are going to be covered to some capacity for the rest of the winter, and that these people are not going to freeze to death like a man recently did in Charleston,” said Viglianco.

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