Thanks from St. John’s
On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and boys of the St. John’s Home for Children, we would like to express our humble and heartfelt thanks to the many businesses and multitude of individuals who helped to make Christmas so very special for the young boys entrusted to our care. Through your enormous generosity of providing Christmas gifts (as Santa’s helpers) and other much needed basic items such as a variety of foods (and oh, how our boys love to eat), socks, undergarments, hygiene supplies, educational supplies, recreational supplies and other countless resources you have enabled us to provide our boys with normal recreational opportunities as well as a more home-like environment.
Our Christian faith tells us that “there are many spiritual gifts but the same Spirit who distributes them all.” We would again like say a huge thank you to the countless individuals and the following businesses (and their staff) who through the Spirit distributed their time, talent and treasure to put a huge and excited Christmas smile on the faces of the boys of the St. Johns Home: Benwood Church (Carmella Szymialis), Bridge Street Middle School, Eagle Manufacturing, Elm Grove Elementary, Elm Grove Civics, Howard Hannah Realty, John Marshall High School, Glo-Tone Cleaners, Kalkreuth Roofing, Marathon/Subway of Bellaire, Mattucci Roofing, Ohio Valley Excavating, Our Lady of Peace Parish, Shirts N More, The Vineyard Church, USI Insurance, West Liberty University, West Virginia Roughriders, Wheeling Jesuit University, Williams Energy, Wilson, Kozicki and Gwynn, WVU Medicine (Reynolds Hospital), and those businesses who wished to remain anonymous.
All of you not only gave Christmas gifts and needed items but provided something even more important to our boys, that of having created positive life memories for them that they will carry far beyond the Christmas season. We thank you and pray for all of you, as Ruth says in the Bible “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge, reward you fully for what you have done” and ask that you continue throughout the year to pray for us and the boys and families to whom we minister.
Opened in 1856 as an orphanage by Bishop Richard V. Whelan, the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, the St. John’s/St. Vincent’s Home for Children has been home to thousands of orphaned boys and girls over the past century and a half. The diocese and the Congregation of St. Joseph continue to provide us with significant financial and spiritual support.
Today, the St. Johns Home for Children is an established licensed residential treatment program nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation that serves boys ages 8-14 who are victims of abuse and neglect and/or present with behavioral or emotional difficulties. The St. Johns Home for Children is funded in part through a contractual arrangement with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families.
St. John’s Home for Children