This morning, the Covenant House of West Virginia was featured on the TODAY Show as part of Al Roker’s  Lend a Hand Roadtrip Tour. The Covenant House of West Virginia’s mission is to help people that are dealing with homelessness to get out of that situation to establish their own home and the comforts that come with it.  The non-profit was founded in 1981 by concerned citizens and faith organizations to help people with the fewest resources meet their basic needs: food, clothing, and shelter. This drop-in center offers hope, support, and respect to those who struggle toward self-sufficiency.

Local 400 Representatives Mick Hutchinson and Dale Burns along with Local 400 members Megan Queen and Melissa Carpenter pose for a photo op before Al Roker went Live on the TODAY Show to promote The Covenant House of West Virginia.

The Covenant House has grown and evolved a lot in thirty years, but the work remains the same. Whether a person is homeless, facing eviction, or needs food for their table or help with a gas bill, Covenant House is a safety net, an advocate, and a safe haven in times of crisis. The hub provides a clothing closet, an open pantry, as well as a place stop-in to do laundry or simply take a shower.

Helping people in need and providing opportunity for change is the Covenant House’s motto.

(The Video above, around the 3 minute mark, W.Va. Local 400 Members helping unload the Smithfield Truck sporting their UFCW gold and blue.)

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Local 400 Representative, Dale Burns, helps in the assembly line to unload hundreds of Smithfield hams donated to The Covenant House of West Virginia.