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The House of the Carpenter was created in 1964 in cooperation with the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a mission project with the purpose of addressing the growing needs of individuals and families, resulting from the decline in the coal and steel industries in the region.

It began in an old Victorian style home on Wheeling Island, shown to the right.  Out of this building a clothing center, food pantry, and utility assistance were provided for thirty years. In 2000, a new building was constructed, pictured below to the left, and the House of the Carpenter moved a little to the south to 200 S. Front Street, where we continue to operate today. The original building is being utilized by another non-profit organization as transitional housing for individuals recovering from a substance abuse disorder.


The House of the Carpenter’s programs have become very intentional, supproting the work of growth and development.  Consequently, this has produced a myriad of events focused on children/youth.  However, the facility on S. Front was never designed for this type of ministry.  Recognizing the importance of this work, the Board of Directors began exploring the development of a Youth Center adjacent to the current building.  Years of work went into designing, planning and preparing for such a large project.  Construction began in 2019 and by spring of 2020 the Toni and Nancy Bedway Center for Youth was open.

Despite opening at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Center immediately enhanced the work of the House of the Carpenter. Currently, programs for children, youth, and adults operate six days a week.


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