Our History

The Connecting Link, Inc. opened its doors in Marion County as the LINK in 1991 in response to a request from the Council of Churches and the United Way for a centralized location for the coordination of emergency financial assistance.  The community felt there was a need to coordinate funds more efficiently to provide a more comprehensive service to a growing number of individuals and families in need.  Catholic Community Services with funding from the Marion County United Way established the guidelines and policies that are the foundation for the program we operate today.

In 1995, Monongalia County expressed an interest in duplicating the LINK's success in coordinating emergency funding.  Again in a collaboration between Catholic Community Services and the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, The Connection opened its door.

In 1999, both county programs were placed under the direction of a single Executive Director.  This was the initial step towards the transition to an independent, nonprofit agency.  Effective January 1, 2001 The Connecting Link, Inc. established two offices, one located in Fairmont and the other in Morgantown, to provide the coordination of emergency financial assistance and to serve as a hub for  comprehensive information and referral programs for the local communities.

Our Mission

The Mission of The Connecting Link, Inc is to meet an individual's immediate crisis need and to assist residents of North Central West Virginia to locate resources to help them become more self-sufficient.  The Connecting Link, Inc. also provides for the most efficient and effective use of community dollars and reduces the dehumanizing effect of clients walking door-to-door seeking assistance.

Emily Brown-Path Outreach Worker
Emily Brown-Path Outreach Worker

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