"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."— Aesop
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As is the case more often than not, Jericho House is full.
"Having to tell people we have no room is hard to do, but it happens a lot," said Freda Cutlip, who manages St. Albans' Jericho House, Kanawha County's smallest homeless shelter.
A family of five occupies the apartment above Jericho House's office addition. In the main part of the former single-family residence, a family of three lives in one room, a mother and 9-year-old son occupy another, while a young mother with two young children and a single woman with major health issues lives in the remaining rooms.
Residents share a common kitchen and living room, and are expected to contribute toward keeping the refrigerator and pantry stocked with food.
"It's kind of like a family," Cutlip said. "Since we're smaller, we're a little more laid back. But the idea is for people to be as independent as possible. The objective is to give people a place to stay until they get back on their feet and into their own homes."
Jericho House provides transitional living quarters for St. Albans area residents awaiting placement in that city's subsidized housing program.
Jericho House receives no state or federal funding and operates entirely on donations. Donations to the Gazette Charities Fund will help it continue to provide emergency housing to those in need in the St. Albans area.
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