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Catholic Charities West Virginia adapting to pandemic

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia is adapting services according to the pandemic, officials said.

“Working with Catholic Charities across the country on COVID-19 efforts, we continue to make service modifications and anticipate need,” said Beth Zarate, chief executive officer, said. “Catholic Charities exists for times such as this. Our challenge is to know God is with us.”

For Catholic Charities, that means adapting service models across the state, she said.

Food pantries now provide pre-packed boxes of food distributed at the door, onsite site meals have transitioned to to-go boxed meals and and the Mobile Food Pantry now uses a drive-through model with pre-packed bags.

Catholic Charities HomeCare services continue to operate with in-home caregivers wearing personal protection equipment.

Throughout all sites, Catholic Charities is meeting the Centers for Disease Control’s standards.

“Uncertainty and change are incredibly hard to cope with, and we all struggle daily to make sense of it all,” said Zarate. “Together we will get through this.”

Many other programs and services continue to be offered remotely. A full list of program changes is available at www.CatholicCharitiesWV.org.

“I am incredibly proud of the bravery across our entire CCWVa network in reaching deep to adapt to the ongoing changes required to serve our clients and each other,” said Zarate.

Catholic Charities has received a number of questions about how to help.

Donations are most helpful to meet critical and changing needs. Donations can be made by making a check payable to Catholic Charities

West Virginia and mailing it to Catholic Charities, 2000 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003, or by making a donation online at catholiccharitieswv.org.

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