Welcome to the Bartlett House website!
Bartlett House addresses homeless issues on several levels. first by providing for emergency food, shelter and medical referrals; second by providing one-to-one comprehensive case management; and third by providing transitional and permanent supportive housing. All programs aim to break the cycle of homelessness by providing its residents with the tools and resources needed to maintain stable, permanent housing, economic responsibility, independence and self sufficiency. We are committed to providing shelter that meets a person's basic needs in an atmosphere where people are treated with dignity and respect.
FUNDING AND SUPPORT
This agency is funded in part under an Agreement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families, Office of Social Services. Additional funding is provided by United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, private contributions, FEMA, West Virginia Emergency Shelter Grants Program, Monongalia County Commission and private foundations.
The Bartlett House is currently accepting applications for Shelter Assistants for our Cold Weather Shelter. Click here to download job application. Please email completed application to Steve Guthrie mail it, or drop it off in person.
Preparing for Thanksgiving
The Bartlett House is kicking off the Holiday Season! We are opening our doors to the community for Thanksgiving Dinner. We will be serving ham, turkey and much more! Everyone is invited to volunteer and enjoy the feast.
Dinner will be served Thursday, November 28th at 3 p.m. Bring your appetite!
Each year community members help out in the kitchen, preparing the food, organizing the dinner table, and serving the meal. It’s a two day event. The Bartlett House is asking for volunteers Wednesday afternoon and evening and then on Thanksgiving day until 7 p.m.
For anyone up to the challenge, please note that that volunteers must have a Food Handler’s card.
This annual tradition has been well served over the years by a number of great volunteers who commit time, energy, and a wonderful spirit of giving to not only our residents, but also to anyone from the community.
We look forward to seeing volunteers and guests for our community Thanksgiving Day dinner. We know that you will help us make this a great event!
Please direct any question or concerns to Robert Martin at 304-292-0101.
Bartlett House Announces Program Reorganization
Due to funding cuts and new regulations as well as Bartlett House’s desire to provide the most comprehensive services to our clients with the most effective use of funder and donor dollars, we are currently implementing a major reorganization of our current programs.
Beginning on or about August 18, 2013, Bartlett House will be reorganizing all of our existing programs (with exception of the Public Inebriate Program) into a single comprehensive program that will be housed upstairs on our current Resident Shelter Program floor. Additional beds have been added to accommodate the increased numbers that would be housed on this floor.
Although this may seem like a dramatic change, and in many ways it is, we feel it is important to note some of the key objectives of this re-organization and programmatic change:
1) Increased services and hours for ALL Bartlett House clients. Because everyone will be housed on our upper floor, no one will have the leave the shelter during the day
2) The downstairs will be able to be converted back to a dayroom area (as it was several years ago) so that our numerous families with children as well as our single men and women actually have a place to sit and play during the day.
3) Additional services and staffing are being added to provide more services to ALL clients including but not limited to: expanded life skills classes/topics including assistance in finding affordable housing, navigating the Social Security system, connecting with mainstream resources, outreach services to the unsheltered, goals to rapidly rehouse clients to decrease their stay in the shelter,
4) Our capacity will NOT change. We will be able to offer more services, targeting the most vulnerable clients by simply relocating furniture.
5) The need for a large capacity drop in shelter / cold weather shelter / or any other type of inclement weather shelter will not be as significant because Bartlett House will be able to serve in this capacity.
6) All clients will be afforded the same services and opportunities at Bartlett House. This includes those who may have been sanctioned in the past with exception to those who pose an honest physical threat to the other residents or staff.
7) We will be doing much more for the homeless population with significantly less funds. This is a responsible and efficient use of donor/funder dollars.
8) We will be working towards many of the goals of the HEARTH Act.
9) We will be adding three “Client Advocate” Positions who will be responsible for a diverse set of tasks that include assisting clients in accessing mainstream resources, navigating the housing market and their respective applications, providing necessary support groups and life skills classes, reaching out to the vulnerable “unsheltered” population, lessening the potential for institutionalization due to extended stays within an emergency shelter environment, reducing recidivism amongst the homeless population, reducing unsheltered people on the streets etc.
10) Adopting the overall mentality of an “Exit Plan into Permanent Housing” versus and “Intake Plan into Emergency Shelter”
11) Adopting an approach that is closer to the “No Client Fails Out of the System” model with only a few exceptions. However, still remaining conscious of the “permanently housed within 30-days goal”.