Agencies Catholic Charities Wheeling, West Virginia

Catholic Charities WV

Contact Information:

Address: 125 18th St
Wheeling, WV

Name of Programs Funded through UW: Emergency Assistance / Case Management

Contact Name: Ashlie Kotson, Northern Regional Director

Phone Number: 304-907-1206

Email: [email protected]


What is Catholic Charities?

Guided by God’s love, Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) collaborates with community partners, parishes and families to provide caring and compassionate services to people in need and work toward lasting and meaningful change. Since its founding in 1931, CCWVa has become the largest independent provider of social and human services in West Virginia, serving tens of thousands of people each year with outreach programs and services in rural and urban communities across the state. Caring for the most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and the marginalized – is interwoven into all programming. CCWVa envisions a West Virginia where everyone can access the services they need to be happy, healthy, and reach their full potential.

How does United Way support Catholic Charities?

Catholic Charities West Virginia’s (CCWVa) emergency assistance program provides financial support to income eligible clients facing eviction or utility service termination. Clients needing financial assistance meet with a CCWVa team member to determine eligibility (ie. income) and verify need through documentation of utility termination or eviction. CCWVa makes a pledge toward the balance of the termination or eviction, with final payment on the account contingent upon the remainder of the balance being secured. The clients and CCWVa work together to create a plan to pay the remaining balance.

Additionally, CCWVa offers case management services. CCWVa’s case management program goes beyond meeting immediate basic needs to help households plan for the future and attain stability. Case management participants schedule an initial meeting with a case manager to identify opportunities and challenges the household currently faces. During subsequent meetings, the client and case manager work together to develop a plan of action to minimize challenges and maximize opportunities. The case management process usually takes place over a period of three to six months. Case management services are very much comprehensive in nature and can help clients address a number of obstacles that may be preventing them from breaking the cycle of poverty.

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About the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley supports Ohio County, Tyler County, Marshall County, Wetzel County, Brooke County in West Virginia, and Belmont County and Monroe County in Ohio. Donating through your local United Way is the best way to reach the most people in need. 

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is an organization that supports nonprofit organizations in our area through annual campaigns, payroll deduction fundraising efforts, and individual donations. These community-minded people combine donations from employees and businesses alike to help assist those who need it most. The support from the annual campaign is then allocated to nonprofit programs through our volunteer allocations panels. We support 40 programs (and counting) in the upper Ohio Valley that tackle the toughest needs in the Ohio Valley. Consider giving to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley today.


Community Success Stories

Check out the following Community Success Stories for examples of how Catholic Charities Wheeling, West Virginia has impacted our community.

“…They had recently arrived from New York via a Greyhound bus and didn’t have anything to eat or any place to go…”

Late after a Friday staff meeting – after all the neighbors at the Neighborhood Center had left – a family of six knocked on the locked front door. They had recently arrived from New York via a Greyhound bus and didn’t have anything to eat or any place to go. We were able to work with our community partners to find temporary housing for them until we could do more in-depth case management th ...

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Everything was against her, but she never gave up.

A young woman, L, was referred to us in the fall by a local university for services. She had been in an abusive relationship, was left homeless, dropped out of college, and was living at the YWCA. She came to us for services related to Case Management. In addition to suffering from PTSD from a long-lasting abusive relationship, she had also suffered childhood abuse and was battling an eating disor ...

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“Don came to the Neighborhood Center while sleeping in his van.”

Don came to the Neighborhood Center while sleeping in his van. He had fallen on extremely hard times after a job loss and considerable health concerns, and was unable to qualify for many services because of not having proper identification. He came to the Center during the winter for a hot meal and a shower, and with the hope of getting a new ID. While there, he learned more about our case managem ...

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Assistance In A Time Of Need

Our Weirton office received a desperate call from a single father who was trying to make ends meet since being laid off from his job with the oil and gas industry. A few months ago he was making great money, paying off debt, and supporting his son independently through that income. Unfortunately, as frequently happens with the oil and gas industry, he was laid off because a job was completed earli ...

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Loving Help Provided

"Recently, a frantic son contacted us about help for his disabled father, Steve, who was living alone in Brooke County. The son, who resided in Youngstown, OH, was unable to help his father physically or financially, but hoped that Catholic Charities might be able to provide the support he could not. Because Steve was an amputee with no transportation, our Case Manager set up a home visit in order ...

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“We assured her that we would support her through anything…”

"Peter 4 years old, and his sister Ali 7 months old, are just two of the many children that walk through the doors of the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center. Within the past year, their mother Erica, had fallen on hard times when her mother, and primary support system, had passed away and the house was repossessed by the bank. She moved into an area homeless shelter for several months. They fo ...

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A Warm Home and Much More

"Kayla, Jeremy, and their four children (ages 2-13 years old) have resided in our Hospitality House. Late last year, they fell on hard times with job loss and the loss of familial support. Both parents eventually found themselves sleeping in a car and trying to have their four children couch surf at various friends’ homes. However, through connections with Kayla’s cooking background, she was ...

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