Capital Campaign

According to a U.S. government report, (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration For Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau, Child Maltreatment 2010) per capita West Virginia, unfortunately, ranks nationally near the top in child abuse and neglect. Sadly, requests are increasing for our services every year. Based on the certificate of need process sanctioned by the West Virginia Health Care Authority, the St. John’s Home for Children was approved to expand its residential program from eight to twelve boys, and expand from five to twelve bedrooms. The St. John’s Home for Children broke ground for its expansion project on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Walters Construction of Wheeling, a Project BEST member, was the contractor on the 1.5 million dollar project, designed by Wheeling architect William Hooker, AIA.

A new 6,800 square foot residential facility was built to house all residential services in one location. It opened in February of 2011. The new St. John’s Home for Children has:

• 12 single bedrooms allowing for increased comfort, privacy and safety for our boys.

• A larger kitchen and dining area, to allow for family style dining and a larger room area to accommodate more children.

• A recreation area within the building to provide youth with a well-equipped area to have plain old fun and to develop their social skills.

• An educational lab to provide our youth with modern, up to date equipment to assist them in their school work, and to receive tutoring services.

• A family therapy room to provide a private, confidential area for our boys and families to work with trained, licensed counselors on family matters.

• Staff areas and modern technology to provide us with the resources we need to meet strict supervision requirements.

Careful planning has gone into the home environment making the facility more than just bricks and mortar to the troubled young boys that will temporarily live at St. Johns. The building isn’t just a building. It is the conduit in which our kids are taught the skills they need to learn, or sadly, to relearn, after experiencing abuse at the hands of the adults in their lives. It also is an environment where they learn to trust adults, an important developmental task for many of our youth. It provides our highly dedicated and committed staff, who are the driving force of the work we do, with the resources they need to meet the increasing demands of working with these vulnerable boys to achieve positive outcomes.