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W.Va. bank donates building to Morgantown homeless shelter

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A donation from Clear Mountain Bank worth about $200,000 means more housing for Morgantown's homeless.

The Bartlett House announced this week the bank has donated a 3,800-square-foot commercial space downtown.

President Brian Thomas tells media outlets that Clear Mountain executives knew the city's only homeless shelter needed more space to deal with a growing number of homeless people.

He says it's critical the community step in to help.

Bartlett House offers meals, shelter and resources to help its clients become self-sufficient.

The shelter has been in its current location since 1990.

Originally designed for 34 people, it's been expanded to house 81. But cots still line the hallway, and staff offices are converted to sleeping areas at night.

Last year, it served 705 people — 158 of them under 21.