Bethany College Department of Social Work Donates $1,000 to St. John’s Home for Children

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Social Work has chosen the St. John’s Home for Children in Wheeling, W.Va., as its Spotlight Organization and has donated $1,000 towards the home’s Capital Campaign, an initiative to raise $2 million for the home’s new expansion project. The project includes a new 7,000-square-foot residential building that will house all services in one location and will increase the children’s bedroom capacity from eight to 12.

29911003620.JPGBethany has had a long and successful partnership with the St. John’s Home for Children, and many of the College’s students have completed internships there. Department of Social Work Department Chair Katherine Shelek-Furbee serves on St. John’s Board of Directors and commented, “St. John’s provides quality childcare services and is very deserving of this donation.”

Terry McCormick, the home’s executive director, stated, “We are honored to be considered for this donation. Such projects are expensive, but you can’t put a price tag on providing a safe, comfortable and home-like environment for our at-risk kids. This donation will help us to meet that goal.”

The money was raised by the Bethany College Department of Social Work through their annual two-day Symposium that provides affordable, quality continuing-education credits for nurses, social workers and counselors. This year’s Symposium will be held November 3-4, 2011, at the Bethany College Mountain Side Conference Center.

Members of the public may donate to the campaign by calling 304-242-5633 or visiting the organization’s website A gift or pledge to St John’s Home for Children’s Capital Campaign can be made in honor or remembrance of a loved one. Donors’ names will be displayed on the new building.

The St. John’s Home for Children is licensed by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, and funded in part under an agreement with West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and families.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.