By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Faced with financial and management problems, the Willowbrook Center for the Homeless has closed its doors after eight years.
Pat Fiori, president of the shelter's board of directors, said the closing is unfortunate because Willowbrook is the only homeless center in the Tri-State area that takes in entire families.
Other centers will accept mothers and children, but will not allow fathers to stay with the families, Fiori said.
The shelter, along W.Va. 9 near the Shenandoah River, could accommodate 15 people and was full most of the time.
Many of the tenants ended up at the shelter after going broke while supporting drug habits. At the center, they would be required to start a program to get their lives in order. That included taking nutrition and life-skill courses, and making steps toward finding employment.