“Homes for Harrison County” is the brand new name for the campaign to end homelessness in Harrison County. So far the campaign has been very successful. It housed six formerly homeless individuals just last week.
"We've changed our name from 100,000 Homes of Harrison County to simply Homes for Harrison County. We unveiled that logo today and we are very excited to keep that program going and it's not just a momentary excitement but it's ongoing,” explained Chris Mullett, Executive Director of the Clarksburg Mission.
Thursday was the perfect time to unveil the new logo and name, because the campaign is heading out to do a summer homeless count next week.
"We'll find more people who are actually homeless, who don't have a permanent dwelling, and who maybe we can help,” Mullett said.
Since the original homeless count in January, 23 people have been put into housing.
Harold "Cowboy" Watson and Chip Combs are two of them.
Combs was living in a tent in the woods, and now has an apartment where he loves to read.
Watson said he had been on the street for nearly 20 years.
"I've been out here a long, long time, and I've been used to it. Wherever I could lay my head, I just layered up and covered up. I even stayed in a graveyard many times. I slept under the trees near the graveyard, had a cubby hole back there in the corner, and slept there too. I went to rich to poor, and I'm coming back,” explained Watson.
Mullett said the success of the campaign is something you can see, when you just look around.
"Yesterday I was driving down Route 50 and there is a bridge that I would as I'm driving down the road always look under and see people hanging out under that bridge. It's been that way for years and years. I looked yesterday and there wasn't anybody under the bridge. That makes this really, really special to me,” Mullett explained.
If you are interested in getting involved with the campaign or the homeless count next week you can call Mullett at the Clarksburg Mission at (304) 622-2451.
There will training held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The count will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting at 6 a.m.