The mission of the organization says it all: “To respond to situations of emergency and need with immediacy and simplicity, respecting the dignity of all individuals in the spirit of Jesus Christ.” They do not consider the background or identity of each person who needs help. Objectives of the organization include financial assistance, career closet, food pantry and awareness or “life skills” programs. Christian Help Morgantown started with around two hundred and twenty-three dollars in donations, which have been expanding since.
The acquisition of the entire 219 Walnut Street building provided an opportunity for Christian Hope Inc. to plan for new programs or to revamp others. Christian Help’s relocation in 1984 coincided with the mid-‘80s sharp decline in the area’s mining and milling industries. The region’s previous reliance on mining had a devastating impact on Morgantown. At this point, many people were suddenly out of work, with no other marketable skills, and all members of the household had to contribute to family finances. These programs were often helpful to women. Some of these women programs included sewing/crafts cottage industry. Changes in the area’s financial infrastructure brought a new focus on life and reemployment services. The third-floor houses CHI emergency and food pantry. Also, various community groups hold their monthly meetings in the building.