Catholic Charities partners with Wood County Habitat

PARKERSBURG – Catholic Charities West Virginia and partner parishes are working with Wood County Habitat for Humanity on a new home in the Wadesville area.

The organization and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Parkersburg, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Parkersburg, St. Michael Catholic Church in Vienna, St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Lubeck and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in New Martinsville are organizing volunteers to build the home on Lost Pavement Road.

The churches also are raising $10,000 for the home with the help of a donor who pledged a one-to-one match of up to $5,000, according to Deborah Shaffer, Catholic Charities regional director in Parkersburg.

“It’s great,” said Alvin Phillips, director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity.

A groundbreaking on the home for the James and Taylor Meade family will be held on June 23, Phillips said.

Habitat for Humanity will pour the foundation, Shaffer said.

“There is a lot to get done before June 23,” she said. “Habitat will pour the foundation and there will be a big push throughout the entire Parkersburg region to do a ‘Raise the Roof’ blitz build July 11, 12, and 13.”

During the pre-build period, Catholic Charities and the parishes will seek volunteers for their build teams and raise funds, she said. Parishes will hold small fundraisers and solicit donations to meet this match and support the build.

Wood County Habitat for Humanity has finished 64 homes and three are under construction. Phillips was recently named one of 10 Cornerstones of the Community by the Parkersburg community foundation.