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WEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON OUR “WEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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April Webinar Schedule

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Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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Thursday April 13, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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Small Business Recordkeeping
Thursday April 25, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Nikki Bowmar | nikki.bowmar.sba.gov | 304-623-7445

UPDATED 04-07-17
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West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP)
Managing Agency West Virginia http://www.wv.gov

Program Description
The West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP) provides quality health insurance to eligible children and strives to develop a health care system in which all West Virginia children can access health care coverage. WV CHIP is a free or low-cost health plan for children from birth up to age 19. Covered services include preventive care, such as well-child visits and immunizations, prescriptions, hospital visits, dental, vision, and mental health services.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of West Virginia, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $33,510
2 $45,390
3 $57,270
4 $69,150
5 $81,030
6 $92,910
7 $104,790
8 $116,670
*For households with more than eight people, add $11,880 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Apply online using inROADS (Information Network for Resident Online Access and Delivery of Services). Use inROADS to complete and submit an online health plan application. You can apply for Pregnant Women and Children Medicaid and the West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program. Click here to apply:
https://www.wvinroads.org/

Contact your Local Health Departments by County/Area in West Virginia. An application can be mailed to you at no charge. The application will include a return mail, postage-paid envelope for your convenience.
http://www.chip.wv.gov/apply/Pages/default.aspx

The completed application should be mailed to:
West Virginia Children’s Health Insurance Program
Room B-36
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Program Contact Information
For more information on this program please call (877) 982-2447 or visit the following website: http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/localhealth/Pages/default.aspx

Updated 09-04-13

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West Virginia Summer Food Service
Managing Agency West Virginia http://www.wv.gov

Program Description
The West Virginia Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children who would normally receive free or reduced price meals when school is in session. This helps children to maintain a nutritious diet and helps their families to stretch their food dollars during the summer months.
The program is offered in many and various locations such as parks, playgrounds, housing authorities, day camps, churches, community centers, etc. Often the meal service is combined with learning and recreational activities for the children.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Summer Food Service program, contact the site nearest you:
http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/

Program Contact Information
If you have questions or would like to apply for the SFSP, please contact Gloria Cunningham 304-558-4856 gjcunnin@access.k12.wv.us

Updated 08-20-13

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West Virginia Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency West Virginia http://www.wv.gov

Program Description
The West Virginia Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) assists eligible households with the cost of home heating through direct cash payments or payments to utility companies on their behalf. A crisis component is available for households without resources facing the loss of a heating source. Eligibility for both program components is based on a combination of factors, including income, type of heating payment, and total heating costs.

The Division of Family Assistance (DFA) operates LIEAP in each of the DHHR field offices for a short time each winter, usually beginning with a mail-out to targeted households. In addition, DFA contracts with the Community Action network and with regional Agency on Aging offices to perform outreach and accept LIEAP applications at their local sites.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Online applications are available at the following location:
https://www.wvinroads.org/inroads/PGM/ASP/SC002.asp

Program Contact Information
For more information about West Virginia LIEAP, please visit: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/utility.asp
If you have questions, please contact your local county office: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/county/

Updated 05-07-13

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West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency West Virginia Bureau for Public Health http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bph

Program Description
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – better known as the WIC program – provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care and other social services, at no cost, to 1) pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, 2) infants, and 3) children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. WIC protects the health of women, infants and children during critical times of growth and development to prevent future medical and developmental problems. The WIC program of West Virginia is administered by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for WIC, you must be: 1) a resident of the state of West Virginia; 2) a pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman, or an infant or child under the age of 5; and 3) individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Please visit the West Virginia WIC website to complete an application.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the West Virginia WIC program, visit: http://ons.wvdhhr.org/
To contact the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, call 304-558-0030 or email: dhhrwic@wv.gov
You can also write to:
Office of Nutrition Services
West Virginia WIC Program
350 Capitol Street, Room 519
Charleston, WV 25301-3715

Updated 12-19-12

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West Virginia Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Department of Health and Human Resources (WV) http://www.state.wv.us

Program Description

The Weatherization Assistance Program is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program. Its mission is to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, children, high energy users, or households with a high energy burden, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Income verification must meet the following criteria: 1) annual gross income from all income sources must be at or below 200% of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Poverty Guidelines for each family size and, 2) whether the applicant has received cash assistance payments under Title IV of XVI of the Social Security Act during the preceding 12 months.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
All weatherization services are provided by local Community Action Agencies. To apply for this program, please contact your local agency at http://www.cad.state.wv.us/OEO.htm. You must have proof of income for the year prior to application.

Program Contact Information
To find your local Community Action Agency, go to www.goeo.wv.gov and click on the Weatherization tab on the right side.

Updated 12-04-12

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West Virginia WORKS
Managing Agency Administration for Children and Families (ACF) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/

Program Description
West Virginia’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is WV WORKS. It is based on the goals of assisting economically dependent and at-risk families to become self supporting, enhancing the well-being of children, and on assisting families near the poverty level to remain self-sufficient.
WV WORKS provides monthly cash assistance to eligible families. Most people who receive a monthly WV WORKS check also receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Medicaid, but these are not guaranteed based just on receipt of a check.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of West Virginia; responsible for a child under 19 years of age; a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident; have low or very low income; and be either under-employed (working for very low wages) or unemployed. There is a $2,000 asset limit with one vehicle excluded.

You must also complete a program orientation, Personal Responsibility Contract (PRC) and Self-Sufficiency Plan (SSP) to meet the eligibility requirements.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To ask about WV WORKS, contact your local Department of Health and Human Resources Services office:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/county/

You may also submit a web form to the Department of Health and Human Resources Services office at the following location:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/knowledgebase/contact.aspx

Program Contact Information
To read more about the WV WORKS program, please visit: http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/wvworks.asp

Updated 12-04-12

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West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council

Posted 08-12-12

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WorkForce West Virginia

Browse job openings, job fairs and find career center locations. Find information on training and educational opportunities to improve your job skills, as well as information about programs for Veterans.

Visit Disability.gov for job search and career planning tools, information about recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, as well as laws that protect the rights of job seekers and employees with disabilities.

GO TO: http://www.wvcommerce.org/business/workforcewv/default.aspx

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West Virginia Head Start
Managing Agency West Virginia http://www.wv.gov
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
Program Contact Information
For more information on West Virginia Head Start, please visit: http://www.wvheadstart.org/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can also call the West Virginia Office of Head Start State Collaboration at: 304-558-4638

Or send an e-mail to:
questions@wvheadstart.org

Posted 04-09-12

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A Train for Every Traveler

Along with this potpourri of special trains and events, the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad also operates four unique trains from two historic depots (Elkins & Durbin) from April through December.

Choose from wilderness excursions into the Monongahela National Forest and along the banks of the Greenbrier, Tygart Valley and Shaver’s Fork rivers on your choice of chugging steam or streamlined diesel locomotives. Dine on the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train just like in the good ‘ol days and be part of a popular Murder Mystery ride.

On the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, the choices are endless and the experience – well, it’s one in a million!

For more information on any of these train excursions, visit www.MTN-RAIL.com

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
877-MTN-RAIL,
877-686-7245

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FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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Explore houses and history in Bramwell
By Steven Keith

Even at first glance, the tiny town of Bramwell is charming enough in its own right. This Mercer County hamlet sits on a small peninsula surrounded by the Bluestone River in Southern West Virginia. A restored railroad depot, the Coal Heritage Interpretive Center, welcomes you with refreshments before you stroll down a historic brick-covered main street lined with stately, turn-of-the-century mansions, one right after the other.

But what makes the town so unique – a one-of-a-kind, must-see stop on your West Virginia vacation – are the secrets those mansions hold.

Settled by local mine operators who struck it rich during the early American coal boom, Bramwell was once the richest small town in America with at least 19 millionaires living in extravagant homes all within just a few blocks of one another. Although the original owners are long gone, their regal mansions remain as living memorials of this Gilded Age in American history.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to be a history buff to immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage. Bramwell’s storied past comes to life each May and December when the private owners of these homes open their doors to welcome guests for the Bramwell Home Tour.

Explore the Mansions

It’s like watching “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” as guides in period dress walk you through each home, pointing out original ornate woodwork, stained-glass windows, slate/copper/tile roofs, indoor pools, ballrooms, fancy parlors, wide porches, turrets and gables, guest houses, dumbwaiters and even central vacuum-cleaning systems. All the while, they are sharing fascinating stories of the people who once lived in these magnificent structures:

The Victorian-style Hewitt House was built by Katherine Hewitt, the wife of Bramwell’s first mayor, Col. John Hewitt, and features chestnut wood paneling, Tiffany lights and Steuben shades.

The Perry House features a unique winding staircase and was once home to one of the Bank of Bramwell’s first cashiers, J.B. Perry.

The Cooper House on Main Street, truly one of the town’s most striking, was built from orange brick imported from England and is topped by a solid copper roof. Original descendants of Edward Cooper still occupy the house today.

The Mann House on South River Street features a study with unique leather-like covered walls, along with a beautiful formal living room, dining room and conservatory. Across the river by footbridge, the original owner built a house-size “playhouse” for his children and their governess.

The Jairus Collins House features a large crystal chandelier in the dining room and has beautiful stained-glass windows on both the first and second floors.

The historic Goodwill House boasts a large ballroom on the third floor and intricate lattice woodworking throughout the home. Next door, the beautiful English Tudor-style Thomas House reflects the unique architecture found in many of Bramwell’s historical homes.

The Historic Bank of Bramwell was reported to have been the richest bank of its size in all of America around the turn of the 20th century.

You’ll become so immersed in the stories these houses hold that you’ll swear you’ll hear voices from the past as you walk up a grand staircase or the faint clinking of china as you imagine a turn-of-the-century dinner party in elegant surroundings.

Take the Home Tour!

Why only read about history when you can step back into it first-hand? Why scan photos of historic homes when you can walk from room to room inside them yourself? If a picture is worth a thousand words, a guided tour is surely priceless.

Relive America’s Gilded Age – and visit what was once the richest small town in America – during the Bramwell Christmas Home Tour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets are $15 per person and are sold the day of the tour. Reservations are not required. Free parking is provided and tours take place rain or shine, starting with a brief history of the town presented at the Historic Bramwell Presbyterian Church.

Before or after your tour, visit several shops along Bramwell’s Main Street, including The Corner Shop, Blue Moon Gift Shop and the Bramwell Café. And before leaving town, make plans to come back again for the Bramwell Spring Home Tour (Saturday, May 12, 2012).

For more information on these events and others, call 800-221-3206 or visit www.visitmercercounty.com .

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EXTREME COUPONING CHRISTIAN STYLE
Do you use coupons? Don’t throw away the ones you don’t use! Starting June 6, and then the first Monday of each month thereafter at Covenant in Room 437 at 12:30 PM, we will be doing couponing. Separate your coupons according to the category, make sure they are not expired and bring them with you to exchange with others. Learn as you go and help put your budget back on track. Contact Kathy Miller at kmiller95@aol.com for more information.

Covenant Church (www.covenantexperience.com http://www.covenantexperience.com) 304-876-2212 Rt. 230, Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, WV

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MSRRC is one of six Regional Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. MSRRC provides technical assistance to state early intervention lead agencies, departments of education and other related state agencies. The Centers work to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities, birth through 21 years, and their families. Find resources for parents and educators in your state.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/west_virginia/education

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Program Description
The West Virginia Food Stamp Program (FSP) provides monthly benefits to help eligible households buy food. Eligibility to receive
benefits is based on household size, income, assets and some household expenses. Food Stamps may only be used to purchase
food for human consumption and seeds/plants to grow food at home. Food Stamps cannot be used for: household items, grooming
products, tobacco, alcohol products, pet food, etc.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of West Virginia and fall into one of two groups: (1)
those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings
and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the
household; $26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the
household; $40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
For more information on the West Virginia Food Stamp program and instructions on how to apply, please visit:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/fs.asp

You can also identify and contact your local county Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) office by checking:
http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/county/

Please call the DHHR to speak with a client service representative:
800-642-8589

Managing Agency
West Virginia
http://www.wv.gov

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Program Description
Each day public schools across the State of West Virginia serve more than 180,000 students healthy, well-balanced meals through
the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for
schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to
protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that
makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served,
provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of West Virginia and a parent or primary caregiver
responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under). Those who qualify must also have an annual household
income before taxes that must not exceed $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household;
$40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household,
$61,550 if seven people live in the household;$68,469 if eight people live in the household; and $75,388 if more than eight people live
in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://wvde.state.wv.us/ed_directory/

Program Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the programs please call the West Virginia Office of Children at:
304-558-2708

Or visit them on the web at:
http://wvde.state.wv.us/directory/office/Office+of+Child+Nutrition/

Managing Agency
West Virginia
http://www.wv.gov

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COVENANT CAR CARE MINISTRY

This is a free oil change for all single parents & deployed servicemen/servicewoman’s spouses. They are done the first Saturday each month from 11-3, by appointment only. Call 304-876-2212, ext. 52 or carcare@covenant-mail.com. To help support this ministry financially, please specify your donation on your contribution envelope.

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Program Description
The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, childcare institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in
other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools that participate in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast
Programs can participate in the Special Milk Program for half-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children who do not have
access to a school meals program. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve.
General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to
low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of West Virginia, your
household’s annual income before taxes must not exceed $20,036 if one person lives in the household; $26,955 if two people live in
the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in
the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $61,550 if seven people live in the household; and $68,469 if eight people
live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates
in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program.
http://wvde.state.wv.us/

Program Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the SMP, please call the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition at:
304-558-2708

You can also contact your local school district to learn more about West Virginia SMP.

Managing Agency
West Virginia
http://www.wv.gov

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WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

CELEBRATE RECOVERY MEN’S & WOMEN’S GROUPS

Come, take that first step in your journey to recovery from your hurts, habits and hang-ups. Recovery is a choice, will you make it?
We meet on Friday nights at 7:00 PM in room 434. Men and women meet separately. For more info, contact us confidentially at 304-876-2212, ext. 48, or at recovery@covenant-mail.com.

Covenant Church (www.covenantexperience.com http://www.covenantexperience.com) 304-876-2212 Rt. 230, Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, WV

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Program Description
The West Virginia Medicaid Program provides a medical card which may be used to receive medical care in the community or in
an institutional setting, such as a nursing home. This allows those who may not be able to afford medical care the opportunity to
have their health needs addressed. Medicaid is administered on the Federal level by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) under the Social Security Administration.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of West Virginia, a US national, citizen, permanent
resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low
income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age
19, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
Please visit the West Virginia Medicaid web site for more information:

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/family_assistance/medicaid.asp

You can apply for Medicaid online or receive further eligibility screening at:

https://www.wvinroads.org/inroads/PGM/ASP/SC001.asp

You may also contact your local Bureau for Children and Families county office to learn more about Medicaid and how to apply:

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bcf/county/

Managing Agency
West Virginia
http://www.wv.gov

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West Virginia’s Southern Gateway…

Nestled in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, beautiful Mercer County West Virginia offers visitors awe-inspiring scenery,
recreation and entertainment facilities, attractions and scenic beauty that make for a perfect relaxing and refreshing getaway.
Mercer County is located at the third most active highway interchange in the state. Over 50,000 vehicles pass through our county
daily. Interstate 77 and U.S. Route 460 provide efficient travel through some of Southern West Virginia’s most spectacular
mountains. Mercer County offers a wide array of shopping and as many as 88 restaurants in the surrounding area for a pleasant
dining experience. We also encourage you to enjoy an overnight stay at any of our 1,200 hotel/motel rooms, each with distinctive
luxury and competitively priced.

Fog rolls off the mountaintops in southern West Virginia

Come enjoy the beauty of Mercer County. Winter, spring, summer or fall the mountains of southern West Virginia provide an
unsurpassed beauty and peace mingled with a busy industrial and civic life. Whether you prefer camping under a star-studded sky,
the fine dining and dancing of a busy night-life, or a mixture of both, Mercer County provides it all within a few minutes drive. The
area’s attractions will keep you busy day and night with sporting events, state parks, skiing, historical towns, and shopping centers
ranging from a modern shopping mall to quaint antique and gift shops. We hope this web site will provide all the information you
need to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Mercer County and southern West Virginia. However, if you need more information,
please email us or call 1.800.221.3206.

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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