|Chairman and CEO's Message
The Children's Home Society of West Virginia has been caring for children since 1896. Today, the Society is more successful than ever in fulfilling our mission of "promoting the well being of children."
We believe that the best measure of our success during the past year was the quality of care we provided to over 6,500 children and their families. As we worked to improve our facilities and programs while struggling with financial challenges, our focus has remained on providing the best care possible to our children.
This Annual Report documents the accomplishments and challenges of the year. Some highlights include:
- Relocating our Huntington Shelter to a new 156-bed facility in Ona.
- Moving the Arthur Gustke Shelter in Parkersburg to a newly remodeled facility.
- Improvements in information and communications systems.
- Transitioning the Cherry Hill Emergency Child Shelter in Raleigh County to an Execptional Youth Emergency Shelter.
- Significant growth in our foster care program.
- Hiring our first full time Director of Development and Philanthropy.
- Helping ensure access to appropriate services through the Alliance for Children CARES project.
- Development of a new strategic plan designed to ehlp ensure a positive future for the organization.
- Addressing inadequate reimbursement rates and program cuts with aggressive budget adjustments and program modifications.
Special thanks go to our dedicated and highly skilled staff. Their commitment to children is unsurpassed. Thanks also go to our knowledgable Board of Directors, our generous donors, our foster parents, our volunteers and partners in the Alliance for Children. Working together they help make Children's Home Society an outstanding child welfare organization. More importantly, they help make a real difference in the lives of thousands of West Virginia's children every year.
Chief Executive Officer