Faith in Action Caregivers Inc. Consecrates New Office in Wheeling

Photo Provided Participating in the consecration of Faith in Action Caregivers’ new Wheeling headquarters are, front row from left, staff member Davida Delgado, executive director Yvonne Verno, board members Stella Strickling, Bruce Wille and Mark Sengewalt, and staff member Cynthia Meca; middle row from left, board members Jayne Freeman, Theresa Bryniarski-Leo, Linda S. Comins, Lynn Comerci and the Rev. Kenny Hardway; back row from left, board members Pete Yochum, Neal Chase, the Rev. Jake Steele and Debbie Lohri.

Board members of Faith in Action Caregivers Inc. have consecrated the agency’s new headquarters and rededicated themselves as “living stones” to help area residents.

The nonprofit organization moved back to Wheeling earlier this month. Faith in Action’s office is now located in suite 2 of the Ironworkers Union Hall building at 2350 Main St.

After completing the move, Faith in Action’s board of directors and executive director Yvonne Verno participated in a building consecration service written by two board members, the Rev. Kenny Hardway and the Rev. Jake Steele. Hardway explained that the purpose of the consecration was to set apart the office spaces “for God’s purposes.”

“We have consecrated this space for the touching of lives that this ministry represents,” he said.

During the ceremony, Hardway and Steele blessed every section of the suite with oil. Blessings were bestowed upon the offices of the executive director, executive administrative clerk and service coordinator, as well as the volunteer room, welcome area, copy room and board room.

All of the board members then stacked small glass stones in each area. Steele said, “The stones can remain as a witness to our prayers of consecration this day.”

Steele explained that this symbolic act was inspired by the Jewish custom of constructing a pillar or stacking stones as a tangible sign of consecrating a space.

The service concluded outside Faith in Action’s entrance. Steele said board members, as “living stones,” were taking the ministry out into the community.

Faith in Action Caregivers recruits volunteers from area faith communities to provide a variety of free services to older adults and people with disabilities in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont counties.

Board president Neal Chase and Verno said the move back to Wheeling gives Faith in Action increased visibility and improved access. A handicapped-accessible ramp is located adjacent to the entrance on 24th Street.

Most recently, Faith in Action’s office was located in St. John’s Lutheran Church’s education building in Martins Ferry for nearly five and one-half years. Previously, the agency rented office space in Altenheim Retirement Home’s former resource center in Wheeling for 18 years. The organization was founded in 1995 and formed a coalition of faith congregations to assist older adults and people with disabilities.

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