200 S Front St, Wheeling, WV 26003 | (304) 233-4640
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Our Purpose

…to serve the needs of today while building hope for tomorrow.

Whether you are struggling to provide the basics for your family, or searching for ways to thrive during tough times, we are with you every step of the way

We serve people in Wheeling and throughout the Upper Ohio Valley – helping families, friends, and neighbors. Our goal is to serve all of God’s children and ensure that all are welcomed into a community that is safe and filled with grace.

As a non-profit organization affiliated with the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, we serve all people regardless of race, gender, orientation, religious affiliation, or nationality.

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Mercy • Transformation • Spiritual Formation

Food, Clothing, & Utility

Mission of Mercy

We know many of our neighbors are having a hard time. There are dozens of reasons why. The House of the Carpenter is here to help you through, no matter what!

Reach out for help if you have trouble meeting your basic needs! We are here to make sure families in Wheeling and the Ohio Valley have what they need to survive.

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Utilities

Ministries of Mercy make our community stronger by ensuring everyone has access to the things necessary to live. In other words, your local nonprofit organization is the perfect place to give assistance and receive support!

Children, Youth, & Adults

Mission of Transformation

Growth and transformation are possible! We strive to help Wheeling neighbors overcome social forces, cultural constraints, and systemic challenges. All people deserve to thrive.

We offer opportunities for children, youth, and adults to flourish.

  • Deepen your education.
  • Broaden your experiences.
  • Enrich your life.

Ministries of Transformation go beyond the bare minimum required to survive. These programs help individuals and families find the hope and skills they need to improve their quality of life.

Children, Youth, & Adults

Mission of Spiritual Formation

As a faith-based nonprofit, we embody Jesus’ teachings in everything we do. We are committed to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our community.

We connect with neighbors of all ages:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Adults

You are welcome to join us, no matter where you are in your faith journey! We meet everyone where they are at, regardless of their race, nationality, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, or age.

Leadership & Team

It takes a team of dedicated leaders and volunteers to help the community of the Ohio Valley.

Mike Linger

Mike Linger

Executive Director

Mike brings a pastor’s heart with his experience in local mission and ministry.

Michelle Lucarelli

Michelle Lucarelli

Associate Director

Michelle’s work in social services helps meet the needs of those who come to the HOC.

Julie Polley

Julie Polley


Julie brings a great deal of compassion and faith, as well as strong leadership to the thrift store.

The History of The House of the Carpenter


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