SCOTT’S RUN SETTLEMENT HOUSE (SRSH), located in Osage, WV, provides service to those most in need in Monongalia County. Through the food bank, baby basics pantry, backpack feeding program and a variety of seasonal outreach services, tens of thousands are served each year.
In addition to programs and services focused on meeting basic needs, such as literacy training, SRSH also provides programs for residents 55 and over. A weekly “lunch and learn” is offered the first, second and third weeks of the month; the fourth week of the month is a covered-dish gathering. In addition, a quilting group meets each Monday. SRSH offers home repair and weatherization services as volunteer assistance is available.
Scott’s Run Settlement House (SRSH) was founded in 1922 by the members of the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the current-day Wesley United Methodist Church in Morgantown. This group of incredible women saw the opportunity to help the new families in the area by offering English classes and health education. As World War I ended, the demand for coal declined drastically, mines began to close, and many residents lost their jobs. Most were confronted with money shortages, health problems, and sub-standard education.
The Women’s Home Missionary Society continued to serve the community during this time and started other programs that provided spiritual education, expanded health services, and even recreation to the residents of the area. Nestled right outside of Morgantown, West Virginia, in the small community of Osage, the building that stands today was built in 1927 as a permanent structure for the people of the community to turn to in times of need.
Nearly 100 years later, the mission of SRSH remains true to the original philosophy and purpose. The organization has grown and adapted to the changing needs of the community, which now focuses on food insecurity. Serving nearly 10,000 individuals each year, SRSH is one of the largest non-profit agencies in Monongalia County. Over 600 individuals are provided a week’s worth of groceries each month through the Food Pantry. SRSH prides itself on not only providing canned food, but also fresh produce, dairy, meat, hygiene, and cleaning products. Over 40 babies are served each month through the Baby Closet program which provides diapers, wipes, food, and clothing to those in need. The Backpack Feeding Program serves over 750 children in 8 schools by providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the weekend. Seasonal outreach programs serve over 2,000 individuals for Easter, Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas by providing food, school supplies, and gifts to those in need.
None of the work SRSH is able to do would be possible without the unwavering support of the United Methodist Church. The Church continues to be SRSH’s largest supporter in both monetary and in-kind donations. Looking forward to the next 100 years, SRSH strives to continue the mission of its founders and provide for those in need through the glory of God.