Health & Welfare

Health & Welfare Agencies

Glenwood Park Retirement Village


GlenWood Park Retirement Village is a continuing care retirement community established in 1968 by the West Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Community and church leaders shared a vision in the late 1950s and early 1960s of a faith-based facility that would serve the aged. Today that vision stands in southern West Virginia as the only church-affiliated continuing care retirement community in the state.


Burlington United Methodist Family Services provides community-based services including adoption, foster care, and youth services to people Burlington United<br />
Methodist Family Servicesaround West Virginia. Agency services are provided from Beckley, Burlington, Charleston, Elkins, Fairmont, Grafton, Keyser, Morgantown, and Oakland, MD. The Burlington Campus has three residential treatment homes for youth, and includes a group home for girls and a school on-site.

Virginia Higgins Grant

Virginia Higgins grant funds are designed to encourage United Methodist involvement in Health and Welfare Ministries, especially in the areas of child care, aging, health care, and people with handicapping conditions. Grants are also awarded to organizations, institutions, and programs related to the West Virginia Conference and other units of the general United Methodist Church through residential or non-residential ministries, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, health care and homelessness. For more information download the grant guidelines and application. Applications are due annually by April 15. Download this flier to help promote the grant in your ministry.

Hunger Grants

Hunger grants (see guidelines here) are awarded each year and support food pantries and other agencies that help the hungry in our society. Funds may be used to buy food and food-related items (i.e. nutrition education, storage,hunger program development). Funds do not cover administrative costs, salaries, clothing closets, or utility payments for clients. Download an application here, or contact Joy Hicks for more information.

Golden Cross Offering

This special offering helps support the health and welfare agencies in the Annual Conference. Golden Cross Sunday is observed in the spring, but can also be recognized on all fifth Sundays, and any Sunday in Advent. Download this flier to help promote the offering in your ministry.