IT'S ALWAYS good when somebody cares, and the Faith in Action Caregivers organization has been caring for the last 18 years through its help to support independent living for older adults and people with disabilities.
The group has moved from Wheeling to St. John's Lutheran Church in Martins Ferry where a dedication service and grand opening are planned Sunday. The dedication will be at 2 p.m., followed by an open house until 5, and these events are open to the public.
All the Faith in Action's services are free, regardless of an individual's income. Services included escorted transportation to and from medical appointments, shopping, errands, chores, reassurance telephone calls, respite care for family caregivers, friendly visiting and help with personal paperwork.
In addition, the organization works with other groups such as those from Wheeling Jesuit University, churches and civic/service clubs to clean apartments for elderly and disabled persons in high-rise apartment buildings in the spring and fall.
It's obvious that when an elderly or disabled person needs help, the organization's services would be a godsend.
Served are residents in Belmont County as well as the West Virginia counties of Ohio and Marshall.
THE ST. JOHN'S Lutheran Church also showed a caring attitude by offering the third floor of its unused educational building to the Caregivers when its former quarters were being demolished.
Faith in Action's mission "to support the independent living of older adults and people with disabilities through the shared ministry of faith communities" hasn't changed since the group began.
And those involved with the group definitely have faith since the organization has no government funding but depends on individuals and business donors, congregations, special fund-raising projects and local foundations for support. In addition, the services are provided by volunteers, and more are needed in all three counties.
An upcoming fund-raiser is a hoagie and haluski (cabbage and noodles) sale planned in March. More information about the sale and how to become a volunteer is available by calling 304-243-5420 or checking the website, www.faithinactionwheeling.org.
THROUGH this organization which began in 1995, faith and works are combining to make lives better for those needing help.