Outreach project for homeless students- On August 15, we distributed eight backpacks filled with school and hygiene supplies for Central Preston, South Preston, West Preston, and Preston High students in need.
Our next distribution will be on Nov. 6. We should receive numbers of homeless students in each school sometime around Oct. 20th. Then Meredith and Christie will take inventory and notify everyone of items still needed.
We have been joined in this project by Wesley United Methodist, Albright United Methodist, Otterbein United Methodist, Arthurdale Community Presbyterian, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Masontown, Newburg United Methodist, the Howesville Church of Christ, the Eagles Club Auxiliary, and several individual donors. What a blessing it is to have their participation. We are now able to take care of homeless students at Preston High, Central Preston, South Preston and West Preston schools! What started as our own outreach to homeless students at Central Preston Middle School has grown, and we hope to expand until groups across the county are helping homeless children in their local schools.
Any organization or individuals who would like to help us expand this program to include homeless students in more Preston County communities will be welcome!
Any questions may be directed to Christie Warnick at 304-685-6473.
Laundry Mission - Our next free laundry day will be Tuesday, November 14th.
Thanks to all who have donated sheets, blankets and towels to the laundry ministry. We will have them available for anyone in need. We continue to hold funds to place a commercial washer and dryer at Preston High for use of homeless students, but the school has yet to find a place to put them. Also, the local laundromat has not been maintaining its washers. When we offered free laundry in August, they only had eight working washing machines.
The Craft Group has resumed its work. We meet from 10-2:00 on Wednesdays, making items for the bazaar and enjoying lunch together.
State Historic Preservation Grant - On August 28, David Brown, Charles Baylor, Pam Schwer and Christie Warnick traveled to Charleston to receive training on administration of the SHPO grant to replace our roof and gutters. They were given a grant manual, contract, and covenant, and assigned a state historic monitor.
The contract has been signed and returned to SHPO, along with proof that the covenant was filed and attached to our deed. Our next steps will involve meeting on location with our monitor and preparing the necessary documents for the bidding process. We have until June 30, 2018 to get the repairs completed