Princeton, West Virginia

Princeton Office
205 Center St
P.O. Box 5533
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-431-2424 
: Joanne Boileau, Director

 

WE CAN Coordinator
: Laura Suroski
200 Davis Street
Princeton, WV 24739
304-425-8738 x 2122 phone
304-487-3589 fax

How to Get There:

From I-77 South Bound; take exit 9 (Princeton) go to the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp and turn right.  Proceed on Rt.460 West to the fourth traffic light (Ingleside Road- Arbys and Burger King) turn right onto Ingleside Road follow through Stafford Drive intersection [light with CVS and First Community Bank] - road curves to left - follow to stop sign by Grant's Supermarket. Take right onto Mercer Street - follow through light at Mercer School - take road before Post Office (West Street), bear right onto North Street- you will come to parking lot behind the CHS Office. Park, walk around to front of building for entry.

From I-77 North Bound;  Take exit 9 (Princeton) turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp, Proceed on Rt.460 West to the fourth traffic light (Ingleside Road- Arbys and Burger King) turn right onto Ingleside Road follow through Stafford Drive intersection [light with CVS and First Community Bank] - road curves to left - follow to stop sign by Grant's Supermarket. Take right onto Mercer Street - follow through light at Mercer School - take road before Post Office (West Street), bear right onto North Street- you will come to parking lot behind the CHS Office. Park, walk around to front of building for entry.

 From Either Direction, take the RT460 West exit - follow to Ingleside Road [approximately 2 miles] - take right, follow through Stafford Drive intersection [light with CVS and First Community Bank] - road curves to left - follow to stop sign by Grant's Supermarket. Take right onto Mercer Street - follow through light at Mercer School - take road before Post Office (West Street) bear right onto North Street - you will come to parking lot behind the CHS Office. Park, walk around to front of building for entry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On, December 22 the staff from the Forever Families Youth Center in Northfork, WV (McDowell County) held a Back to Bethlehem Party.  The party was designed to serve our Paul Miller Home youth as well as a few families in the small town of Northfork.  However, the party surprisingly grew in size and we ended up providing toys, food and fun for around 128 families! 

Driving past our building that night was enough to leave people in awe as they saw a live nativity in front of the building, put together and worked by Carousel Farm Horse Club.  Many people stopped by to take a look, and let us know how pleased they were to see something like this going on in their small town. Not only could you look at the Nativity, but there were several live animals such as sheep, goats, donkeys, miniature horses, chickens and rabbits to pet.  Miniature horse rides were available to the side of the building.

Once inside you got a chance to visit the Bethlehem Marketplace including, the Bethlehem Inn, Bakery, Clothing Store, Eatery, and Pottery store.  However, the best stop for most families was “The Blessing Room.”  Here each parent could receive gifts for their children.  STAR 95 together with several area schools, and our Charleston, and Princeton CHS offices provided us with toys; enough for four per child!  Our shelter youth left with several toys in hand, as well as enough for the tree Christmas morning!  Bojangles operated the Bethlehem Eatery and provided everyone with a delicious meal.  Heart Strings Boutique brought warm scarves, hats and gloves to distribute. A special thank you to Emily Perdue and the many teachers, and student volunteers from Montcalm High School who helped that night.     

Since this night, I’ve heard back from some very “thankful” families and volunteers.  Not only did the families leave our party very blessed but so did all of our many volunteers!  According to Lindsey from STAR 95 this evening was comparable to the birth of her baby, and wedding!  The highlight of the night for me was when a little boy carefully held out the key our Innkeeper had given him; that read “Let Him In.”  He held both of his hands cupped together, with the key laying inside them.  In his sweet, little boy voice he said, “This key lets Jesus into my heart.” 

 

 

This is the picture of 34 people who searched their hearts and minds Tuesday night and vowed to be even stronger advocates for children in need of Forever Families.  Most of us are foster and adoptive parents, some of us social workers, CHS Board Members, Advisory Board Members, friends, and educators.  All of us want what’s best for kids.  Let’s keep each other accountable! 

Tuesday night we lifted up each individual in the 58 kids listed on the ARN.  Bob talked to us about how to go about adopting them.  Each child was symbolically lifted up by a balloon.  All of the balloons have now deflated, but hopefully our passions are still soaring for kids!!!!   As we go forth, this little picture is a reminder of sharing this common bond.  Now we need to prod each other to do our best for the 58, but also for ALL our children that need us to be there for them.  When you feel down and out, happy, frustrated, joyful, angry, or if you just need to share any number of emotions or feelings that you have just look at all the friends of kids in this picture and know that there is someone, side by side with you, who shares the same passion of dreaming the best for ALL kids. 

 

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all you already do and thanks so much for being a part of this moment together.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Services available through the Princeton Office include:
Adoption
CAPS
Children First
Child and Family Services

Foster Care
WE CAN Volunteer Program

 

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