The Huntington West Virginia Housing Authority

Volunteer Program

Operation: Restore Hope is the nationally recognized volunteer program that was awarded the National Award of Merit from the National Association of Redevelopment and Housing Agencies in 1998.

This program links volunteers with individuals and families to serve as models and mentors for them. Volunteers are able to get involved in various activities such as; Educational Tutoring, Sports and Recreation, Spirituality, Life Skills Training and Job Skills Training.

Through the Operation: Restore Hope Program, a bi-monthly ladies fellowship has begun at Marcum Terrace. Although the meetings are held at The Marcum Terrace Community Room, the meetings are open to all ladies.

The Ladies Fellowship kicked off with a Christmas party with over 50 ladies in attendance. Games and activities along with a special Christmas gift for each one highlighted the party.

Ladies were encouraged to return the next week to receive a free haircut, facial and manicure from students and staff from the Huntington Beauty College. For some of these ladies, it was the first time they had been pampered and fussed over in a long time.

Monthly meetings are held and topics such as "Messy Make-Overs", "How to be a Coupon Queen", "Making Lasting Memories for Your Children", "Healing from Hurting Relationships" and others are discussed.

Each time the ladies get together, refreshments are served, games and activities are played and prizes and gifts are given to each attendee.

Each year, a church sponsors a Sports Camp held at the Sports Center. At this camp, participants learn various skills associated with basketball, volleyball, eye-hand coordination, running, balance, and teamwork.

At the conclusion of the camp, the parents and friends are invited to a presentation where kids are given awards for Bible verse memorization, games won and attendance.

Trophies are also awarded to participants in the Sports Camp for attendance, shots made, defense, points and MVP.

In the summer of 1998, First Baptist Church of Darlington, South Carolina sent a construction team in to build a performing stage on the back of the Marcum Terrace Community Room. After completion, the stage was dedicated with prayer followed by a magic show for all the residents of Marcum Terrace.

Other churches have provided much needed support both spiritually as well as physically. First Baptist Church of Huntington provides over 600 pre-cooked Thanksgiving Dinners every year for our residents.

At Christmas time, congregations of local churches sponsor many of our children and teens. Residents are asked to put together a Christmas list of the things they would like to have for Christmas. These lists are distributed to the local churches and members purchase as many of the gifts as they would like. Parents then pick up the gifts and give them to their children on Christmas morning.

Several adult residents of Marcum Terrace each year sponsor a Christmas party for the teens that live in their community. Local businesses and restaurants donate money, gifts and food for the party. Without their help and donations, this party would not be possible. HHA appreciates the support and dedication from our Faith Community. Their compassion and commitment to our residents is greatly appreciated.

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