The Wetzel County Center for Children & Families Opens Doors to the Community
The Chamber held a ribbon cutting for the Wetzel County Center for Children and Families (WCCCF) on October 29, 2019. Their new location, 128 Main Street in downtown New Martinsville is a joint home to several organizations focused at helping the parents of small children and families around our community.
The WCCCF is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen families by bringing together various agencies that can provide support and programs for children and parents. Also housed within the WCCCF are the WVU Extension office and CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate’s office. The WCCCF also works with agencies like the Gabriel Project, Genesis Youth Crisis Center and the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center.
For parents of young children, the WCCCF offers car seat testing to ensure that car seats are safe and appropriate to the children they are in use for, a “baby pantry” where parents of infants can get free item needed for babies, a play group to help socialize children birth to kindergarten age, and a program called Parents as Teachers, which serves families prenatal through kindergarten and supports parents in learning about their child’s development and parenting practices so children are healthy, protected and prepared for school.
The new facility, located across from the New Martinsville campus of West Virginia Northern Community College in the old Wells Eakin showroom, is home to a large open play area that can be rented out for events like birthday parties for only $35 per hour. It comes equipped with toys and an indoor play place to ensure that kids will find something to explore within. They also loan out their meeting area to non-profits and groups that need a place to hold meetings.
If you have a small child or are planning or expecting to have one, the WCCCF is a wonderful resource for you to find out what sorts of programs our area offers to help you keep your children safe and raise them well. You can stop in Monday thru Friday or call (304) 455-2468 to find out more about how they can help you, or go to WWW.WCCCFWV.ORG.