Outreach project for homeless students- Our first distribution for the 2017-2018 school year will be eight backpacks filled with school and hygiene supplies for any students who show up without supplies at the schools currently in our project: Central Preston, South Preston, West Preston, and Preston High. Items for this distribution will be purchased using donated funds.
This is the best time of year to stock up on school supplies at low prices. Folks who intend to donate school supplies to our November and February distributions might consider buying them now to save money.
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, 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. 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 the 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, August 8th.
Thanks to all who have donated sheets, blankets and towels to the laundry ministry. We will have them available on August 8th for anyone in need.
The Craft Group will resume its work after school starts. We meet from 10-2:00 on Wednesdays, making items for the bazaar and enjoying lunch together.
Successful Grant Application- On July 25th, we received a letter from the State Historic Preservation Office awarding us $35,830 to assist with replacing the roof and guttering on our church building! David Brown, Pam Schwer, Charles Baylor and Christie Warnick will attend an orientation meeting in at the Cultural Center in Charleston on August 28th to sign the contract and learn how to administer the grant. Special thanks go out to all who helped:
Kenny and Linda Royce - for hooking us up with Main Street, providing pictures, meeting with the historic preservation consultant, Robyn Hess, session members, and meeting with contractors as they inspected the church
Charles Baylor- for meeting with the historic preservation consultant and Robyn Hess, calling in the contractors and meeting them at the church, providing newspaper clippings and old church records, and details about church repairs
Susan Hardesty- for meeting with Robyn Hess and the historic preservation consultant and for allowing us to edit and use parts of her written history of the church to answer a question in the application
Jim Lobb- for meeting with Robyn Hess, acquiring letters of support from the community, getting the Dominion Post to publish an article about the church, and for putting the squeeze on Allegheny Restoration to get its bid to us in time
David Brown- for meeting with session, going through courthouse records to locate deeds and survey plats, for providing an official letter to go with the deeds/plats, and agreeing to serve as an administrator for the grant, if needed
Pam Schwer- for meeting with Robyn Hess and the historic preservation consultant, for providing all financial information required, and for agreeing to serve as an administrator for the grant, if needed
Shelia Brown- for acquiring old newspaper articles and a letter of thanks for the use of our facility during CASA volunteer training
Christie Warnick- for meeting with Robyn Hess and the historic preservation consultant, making all necessary contacts with the Presbytery of West Virginia, acquiring letters of support, gathering all needed documents from others and drafting responses to all questions on the grant application document, pursuing bid amendments from Allegheny Restoration and Veritas, organizing and printing the photos to demonstrate damages and need for repairs, communicating with the State Historic Preservation Office, making all copies of supporting documents, finalizing and submitting the grant application
Beth Warnick- for helping us to format the grant application using the professional writing app on her computer
Robyn Hess- of Main Street Kingwood- for helping us throughout the process, getting the historic preservation consultant to inspect the buildings and make a report at the expense of Main Street, for a letter of support, and for having Main Street sponsor our application
Mike Gioulis, Historic Preservation Consultant- for an excellent report and for sending all his pictures to Christie for use in the grant application
Maureen Wright and Judge Jim Rowe of Presbytery- for their advice and communications with Trustees under tight timelines, for the letter of Presbytery Trustees unanimous approval
Kathy Mace, Carol Riley, and Tammy Laney - for letters of support from the County Commission, Board of Education, and Food for Preston
Kathy Plum and the Dominion Post- for a wonderful newspaper article in support of our grant application
Pamela Brooks, grant coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office- for her advice