The West Virginia chapter has eight employees who are crammed into the Lee Street offices. Rooms that once served as bedrooms in the old house are divided into multiple offices, two desks per room.
In the new building, employees will have their own offices, Kirksey said. Private offices are important because the Charleston headquarters receives more than 1,000 calls annually on its Education and Support Helpline at 800-272-3900, she said. Employees will now be able to provide people with more privacy and direct attention.
The new office space is being renovated. The Alzheimer's Association will pay 20 percent of the renovation costs while Hospice Care -- the group it is leasing the space from -- will pay the rest of the cost.
The empty office space will get new carpet, ceilings, paint and the addition of a kitchen and more offices.
In the Lee Street location's kitchen, a copier sits next to the refrigerator and, if an employee isn't careful, important papers could soak up coffee spilled on the counter.
The new office building will have a break room and a reception area.
To fund the $60,000 move, the group has launched a fundraising campaign, Move Our Mission Forward. The association is reaching out to its larger supporters and the community in general to prevent the state chapter from tapping into the reserve money used for its services, Kirksey said.
"Our goal is to raise enough money to fund the entire move," Kirksey said. "Moving is pretty costly, so things like our new telephone system ... can be funded through our mini campaign."
Donors have the option of naming a specific room in the state's headquarters, Marks said.
The West Virginia chapter had to move its headquarters when the owner, the YWCA, said it was selling the house, located across the street from the Clay Center.
The house served as the group's headquarters for 10 years.
The Alzheimer's Association state chapter serves all 55 West Virginia counties as well as six counties in eastern Ohio. To learn more about the West Virginia chapter or to donate to the group, call 304-343-2717 or visit www.alz.org/wv.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.