H.I.S. Bridgebuilders Clarksburg, West Virginia Branch
In December 2006, H.I.S. BridgeBuilders began working in Clarksburg, West Virginia in partnership with the Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority in the Laurel Lanes public housing community, which consists of 100 families. H.I.S. BridgeBuilders began working in Laurel Lanes by cultivating relationship-building and hosting family-oriented events, such as:
Thanksgiving/Christmas/Valentine Celebrations that include provision of food, toiletry and gift items
Ladies Nite Out, which includes makeovers and free new clothing
Family Fun Day, with outside games for kids and a family cookout celebration
Backyard Bible School
Plant May Flowers Day, teaching children how to plant, water, and grow flowers
Over the years, our programs have grown to include:
Adult GED Helps training
Family-Life Skill Building, including Anger Management, Parenting, Nutrition, Managing Money, Handling Stress, Bullying, Internet Safety, etc.
Children's Story Time, which encourages educationChildren's Bible Study, a spiritual development program
In 2009, the Clarksburg-Harrison Regional Housing Authority received a national award through the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for the work accomplished through their partnership with H.I.S. BridgeBuilders. Both the Housing Authority and H.I.S. BridgeBuilders also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Clarksburg for the work that has been done in Laurel Lanes.
In the summer of 2007, H.I.S. BridgeBuilders also began working in the Monticello Avenue Community near downtown Clarksburg. This low-income community has many challenges including drug and alcohol addiction, trafficking and the crime that follows. Through partnerships with the City of Clarksburg; County and State agencies; Community Organizations such as the Lions Club and Masters' Gardeners; Local Businesses; Local Churches; and countless Volunteers, this community is seeing a physical renewal. Nine houses have been painted; a leaky roof has been re-built; over 30 tons of trash and debris have been removed; homes are getting repaired; grassy areas once covered in thick brush are being cleared out; and Community Gardens provide fresh produce for the residents.
In addition to these efforts, H.I.S. BridgeBuilders also serves the Monticello residents through community events such as the Annual Back-to-School/Health Fair event. At this celebration which includes food, games and music, more than 300 backpacks filled with school supplies are distributed to children. Medical agencies throughout the area also provide free health checks and referrals for those in need of medical attention.
In 2011, H.I.S. BridgeBuilders began holding weekly educational and spiritual development programs in the LightHouse of Hope located at 127 Haymond Highway in Clarksburg. This house, donated by a local Monticello resident hungry to see transformation in her community, was completely renovated through the donations of local businesses, churches, skilled craftsmen, and countless volunteers. Two Prayer meetings; an Adult Bible study; and a Ladies Bible study are held each week. Other classes throughout the year include a Sew-n-Serve class and a Basics Computer Class. Upcoming classes include Life Skills Job Training; After-School Homework Helps; and Addiction Recovery.
To support the work in Clarksburg, you may pray for us; volunteer your time and talent; and contribute funds. Your partnership will impact lives in Laurel Lanes and the Monticello community.