The Times West Virginian

December 27, 2012

Sense of stability

Scott Place helps individuals become more self-sufficient

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Homelessness is one of the most misunderstood issues affecting modern society.

Studies show that many families are only a paycheck or two away from losing their home if the family provider loses his job.

Going from homelessness to renting or ownership isn’t an easy process either. The National Coalition on Homelessness says approximately 40 percent of homeless people work, but don’t make enough money to make ends meet.

Scott Place Homeless Shelter, a United Way of Marion County member agency in Fairmont, helps provide people with the resources they need to make the transition from living on the street to living independently with a roof over their head.

The shelter’s mission, said executive director Jade Rusmisell, “is to eliminate poverty and help individuals become more self-sufficient.” She added that the way they try to accomplish their goal is to “recognize the underlying causes of the individual’s homelessness and not just try to get them in and out quickly.”

Scott Place offers a place to stay for many people who otherwise wouldn’t have any place to live.

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