Editorials, Opinion

Re-housing Hazel’s House of Hope

As you likely already know, Hazel’s House of Hope was devastated by Sunday’s storms and strong winds. The social services hub lost a large chunk of its roof. Between that and the resulting water damage from rain pouring in, the building has been declared condemnable.

The various organizations that call Hazel’s House home step up every day to serve members of our community.

We’re hoping the community will step up to help them.

One of the things each group needs is a place to work. March-Westin and Lytle Construction have already replaced Hazel’s House’s roof, but there is still much work to be done before the building can be used again.

Since there are vacant buildings and empty office spaces throughout the Morgantown area, we wonder if Hazel’s House’s displaced denizens can use them for reduced or even no rent. We’re not suggesting office spaces be used to accommodate the House’s overnight guests, who are currently staying in a hotel, because of potential liability.  However, as long as these nonprofits have a place to work, they can continue to make positive changes in our community.

Currently, there is no overarching fundraiser for Hazel’s House. However, if you would like to help, you can donate to each organization individually.

  •  Bartlett Housing Solutions: bartletthousingsolutions.org
  •  Catholic Charities of West Virginia: catholiccharitieswv.org
  •  Lauren’s Wish: laurenswish.org
  •  Salvation Army of Morgantown West Virginia: salvationarmypotomac.org/morgantown
  •  United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties: www.unitedwaympc.org