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Gazette Christmas Charities: Covenant House makes sure Charleston family has a home for the holidays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Chelsea worked hard her entire adult life to put food on the table and provide a stable home for her family. She was devastated after a recent divorce cut her income in half, leaving her unable to afford housing for her and her young daughter.

She was scared but she knew she had to do something.

Mostly, she was embarrassed because she never had to ask for assistance before. She worked harder at her job to make ends meet, but it just wasn't enough. Eviction from her apartment was inevitable -- just weeks before Christmas.

That's when Chelsea's friends suggested she go to the Covenant House, which helps find assistance for Charleston's most vulnerable. The organization also works to feed and clothe the homeless or those on the verge of homelessness.

A caseworker at the organization was able to find federal funds designated to assists those suffering from the current economic downturn.

With that funding, Chelsea was able to maintain her fulltime job, pay for rent and her utilities without worry. She is no longer embarrassed because the Covenant House's assistance gave her and her daughter a stable home for the holidays.

Reader donations to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund help support agencies like the Covenant House, which in turn help people like Chelsea and her daughter.

The organization helps countless people every day through its programs such as the drop-in center, which provides clothing and a place to shower.

Monetary donations (see donation coupon) to help the homeless or those on the verge of homelessness may be made out to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. When you make a donation to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund, every penny goes to the agencies and people who need help.

The Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund. All donations to Gazette Charities are tax-deductible.

To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo.

To contact Covenant House directly, call (304)-344-8053.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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