Gabriel Project Officially Opens Its Doors
The Gabriel Project has officially opened its doors to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, July 12. The Gabriel Project is located at The Disciple Center, located by First Christian Church on Maple Avenue in New Martinsville. The mission of the Gabriel Project is to protect and honor life by providing immediate and practical support to pregnant women and families with children under the age of two.
Families or single parents who may be in need of financial assistance are encouraged to stop by for tangible needs such as safe cribs, secure car seats, diapers, formula, clothing, and hygiene products at a low or no cost rate to the client.
The Gabriel Project also wants to provide emotional support, information about child care, and they even make referrals to other social service organizations.
The building space for The Gabriel Project was donated by Rev. Dr. Victor Hunter, of First Christian Church.
Hunter welcomed those at the ribbon cutting to the church. He noted that the church has a variety of programs, including the Disciple Center, mental health support groups, and a senior access project.
“We also have the ‘First Light’ addiction center for referrals and interventions for those battling addiction,” Hunter said.
The Gabriel Project was brought together through the diligent work of Faith Hicks and Linda Barth.
“It’s all about hugging those little babies,” Hicks said with a smile. “I want to think Pastor Vic for us being here, I want to thank Lisa Gonzales for getting the start with community resources, and Linda Barth for getting services in Wetzel County.”
Barth added:?”The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our heart and that’s definitely how I feel.”
Barth and Hicks wanted to give special thanks to Pastor Vic, Bill Forbes, Ace Hardware, WalMart, and all of the volunteers that have helped with the project. Barth wanted to give a special thanks to her husband.
Hours of operation for The Gabriel Project will be every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. and also every third Saturday of the month, noon to 4 p.m. at the building location. Phone lines will be monitored and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for anyone interested.
By the end of the 2015 year, The Gabriel Project had served 1,563 clients providing 55 cribs, 44 car seats, 16,720 20-pack of diapers, 42 cans of formula, and all through the help of only 15 volunteers.
Assistance provided by the Gabriel Project enhances the abilities to parent and nurture their children and to provide a healthy and safe environment. Volunteers working with the program refer to themselves as “Gabriel Angels” and they work closely with a number of churches throughout the state. The Gabriel Project was designed to provide assistance on the most basic level. Connecting needy clients with volunteers in their neighborhood, in order to create a stronger community through caring, personal relationships.
There are no financial restrictions or eligibility requirements necessary to take part in the benefits of the project. This way, the Gabriel Project can assist those families that often “fall through the cracks” in qualifying for other agencies’ services and they will not turn anyone away. The service is available for Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties but again, they won’t deny service to anyone in need. Although they primarily serve mothers and mothers-to-be, they also assist fathers and grandparents who are providing care for a child.