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March 15, 2009
Sunlight 4-H Club held its annual canned food drive for the Union Rescue Mission.
NEWS
September 16, 2003
Should the City of Hagerstown require a volunteer-run city homeless shelter to stay open 24 hours a day and provide constant supervision? That's a good goal, but to require it now would likely kill the program and make the problem of homelessness worse. The proposals to tighten up requirements for homeless shelters were first discussed by the Hagerstown Planning Commission on Aug. 13. Representatives of REACH - Religious Effort to Aid and Care for the Homeless - said they didn't realize the changes would apply to their effort and asked for a second hearing.
NEWS
June 23, 2003
Councilman Lew Metzner clarifies his position on the issue of where a homeless shelter should be located in Hagerstown. Like Metzner, we believe the shelter should be at 148 W. Franklin St., the site Christ's Reformed Church has been preparing for it for two years. And like Metzner, we believe that it's possible to care for the homeless without harming existing businesses by placing a shelter several steps away from Public Square. Baltimore wouldn't put a homeless shelter next to the Pratt Street Pavilion, so why should we do it here?
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 20, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The Rev. William C. Crowe spent the last 45 of his 76 years running the Union Rescue Mission in a big old yellow Victorian house at 602 W. King St., and things are wearing out in the 100-plus-year-old building. There isn't enough room to house everyone who needs to be there. The plumbing, wiring and heating systems need to be replaced and the building is sagging in places. Crowe said Saturday at an open house that it's time to move to modern quarters.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 10, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A contingent of volunteers and staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Berkeley County on Saturday will "serve the veterans who served us" at an outreach event for homeless veterans in the four-state area. "We're hoping for a good turnout," said Michelle R. Cooke, chief of the medical center's domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment program. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first "HeroHaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down" at the medical center will offer homeless veterans an opportunity to receive health and mental health screenings, housing services, employment support and other information for free.
NEWS
October 5, 2003
A majority of the Hagerstown City Council's members say they'll delay a vote on a new ordinance to restrict homeless shelters until they meet with officials of REACH, a volunteer group that runs a cold-weather shelter. That's a good idea, because the present proposal would kill REACH and possibly other groups' efforts as well. Using local houses of worship, REACH - Religious Effort to Aid and Care for the Homeless - provides shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning during the colder months.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | November 14, 1998
Cheryl Walkley had been feeling lackadaisical about her fourth night of sleeping in a cardboard box to raise awareness of Hagerstown's homeless problem. In past years she and other homeless advocates had weathered 14-degree cold, six inches of snow on the ground and a constant threat of rain. Besides, the plight of the city's homeless seemed to be under control with this month's opening of a permanent cold weather shelter. But as fate would have it, something happened to change Walkley's attitude just before the executive director of the Community Action Council left work on Friday.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 19, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The Rev. William Crowe doesn't feel he deserves to have a building dedicated in recognition of his more than 40 years of work with the Union Rescue Mission in Martinsburg. But it's too late now. Though he feels greatly honored by the mission's board of directors' decision to name the yet-to-be-built shelter after him, Crowe deflects any praise. "I just think that there's many others that it could have been named after," the mission's longtime superintendent said Friday, the day before a dedication ceremony was held at the future building site in the 600 block of West King Street.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? The Rev. William Crowe doesn't feel he deserves to have a building dedicated in recognition of his more than 40 years of work with the Union Rescue Mission in Martinsburg. But it's too late now. Though he feels greatly honored by the mission's board of directors' decision to name the yet-to-be-built shelter after him, Crowe deflects any praise. "I just think that there's many others that it could have been named after," the mission's longtime superintendent said Friday, the day before a dedication ceremony was held at the future building site in the 600 block of West King Street.
NEWS
BY MARLO BARNHART | November 11, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County Task Force on Homelessness is sponsoring a week of activities designed to bring public attention to the plight of the homeless in the community. Included in the activities is the 8th Annual Grate American Sleepout planned for Friday. The sleepout plays an important role in the task force goal to educate the community about homelessness. The theme this year is Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Open Your Eyes and Open Your Heart!
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2012
More than 100 supporters, local officials and the just plain curious traipsed through the new 78-bed Union Rescue Mission building on Saturday. The building will open next month, two years after ground was broken. Greeting the guests as they entered the front door of the 21,400-square-foot facility at 608 W. King St. was the Rev. William C. Crowe, 82, who has served as the mission's superintendent since 1961, when he and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Martinsburg. Crowe will continue in his position in the new building.
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NEWS
April 11, 2012
The Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission is inviting the community to attend an open house on April 21 for the mission's new 78-bed facility, which is set to open in May. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of the new facility in the 600 block of West King Street will be offered and refreshments will be provided. “This is a special day for us,”  Mission president Harry Young said in a news release announcing the open house. “We'd like for everyone in the community to come out and see how their gifts of labor and financial support have come to fruition.” The new facility includes dormitory-style and private rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and dinning room, a computer room and a training room, among other features.
NEWS
March 15, 2009
Sunlight 4-H Club held its annual canned food drive for the Union Rescue Mission.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 10, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- A contingent of volunteers and staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Berkeley County on Saturday will "serve the veterans who served us" at an outreach event for homeless veterans in the four-state area. "We're hoping for a good turnout," said Michelle R. Cooke, chief of the medical center's domiciliary residential rehabilitation treatment program. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first "HeroHaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down" at the medical center will offer homeless veterans an opportunity to receive health and mental health screenings, housing services, employment support and other information for free.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | February 3, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A long-standing and controversial plan by the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission to upgrade its facilities for homeless men in the city is expected to draw a large crowd Tuesday night at a public hearing. The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the city council chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 232 N. Queen St. Two unrelated public hearings are scheduled before the rescue mission's hearing. "I'm hoping people are not coming just to be a spectator and to make insightful statements," Martinsburg City Engineer Michael M. Covell said.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 19, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The Rev. William Crowe doesn't feel he deserves to have a building dedicated in recognition of his more than 40 years of work with the Union Rescue Mission in Martinsburg. But it's too late now. Though he feels greatly honored by the mission's board of directors' decision to name the yet-to-be-built shelter after him, Crowe deflects any praise. "I just think that there's many others that it could have been named after," the mission's longtime superintendent said Friday, the day before a dedication ceremony was held at the future building site in the 600 block of West King Street.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 20, 2005
waynesboro@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - The Rev. William C. Crowe spent the last 45 of his 76 years running the Union Rescue Mission in a big old yellow Victorian house at 602 W. King St., and things are wearing out in the 100-plus-year-old building. There isn't enough room to house everyone who needs to be there. The plumbing, wiring and heating systems need to be replaced and the building is sagging in places. Crowe said Saturday at an open house that it's time to move to modern quarters.
NEWS
October 5, 2003
A majority of the Hagerstown City Council's members say they'll delay a vote on a new ordinance to restrict homeless shelters until they meet with officials of REACH, a volunteer group that runs a cold-weather shelter. That's a good idea, because the present proposal would kill REACH and possibly other groups' efforts as well. Using local houses of worship, REACH - Religious Effort to Aid and Care for the Homeless - provides shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning during the colder months.
NEWS
September 16, 2003
Should the City of Hagerstown require a volunteer-run city homeless shelter to stay open 24 hours a day and provide constant supervision? That's a good goal, but to require it now would likely kill the program and make the problem of homelessness worse. The proposals to tighten up requirements for homeless shelters were first discussed by the Hagerstown Planning Commission on Aug. 13. Representatives of REACH - Religious Effort to Aid and Care for the Homeless - said they didn't realize the changes would apply to their effort and asked for a second hearing.
NEWS
June 23, 2003
Councilman Lew Metzner clarifies his position on the issue of where a homeless shelter should be located in Hagerstown. Like Metzner, we believe the shelter should be at 148 W. Franklin St., the site Christ's Reformed Church has been preparing for it for two years. And like Metzner, we believe that it's possible to care for the homeless without harming existing businesses by placing a shelter several steps away from Public Square. Baltimore wouldn't put a homeless shelter next to the Pratt Street Pavilion, so why should we do it here?
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