Our History

400The House of the Carpenter was created in 1970 in cooperation with the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a mission project with the purpose of addressing the growing needs of individuals and families, resulting from the decline in the coal and steel industries in the region.

It began in an old Victorian style home on Wheeling Island, shown to the right.  Out of this building a clothing center, food pantry, and utility assistance were provided for thirty years. In 2000, a new building was constructed, pictured below to the left, and the House of the Carpenter moved a little to the south to 200 S. Front Street, where we continue to operate today. The original building has been converted to the “Guest House”. Here we have hosted work teams from California to Boston while they work on home improvement projects and mobility related projects in the Wheeling area.


The new building has given the House of the Carpenter the opportunity and space to move beyond our original ministries, which we now term our Ministries of Mercy. We are now able to engage our neighbors in ministries that lead to transformation through educational opportunities and providing skills, equipping people to improve their own quality of life.  See our page on these Ministries of Transformation for more information on the various programs we offer. As a ministry of the United Methodist Church we are also tasked with helping people grow spiritually. Through our ministries of Spiritual Formation we are able to not only care for a person’s physical needs, but they needs  of their soul as well.

The House of the Carpenter is an ever-evolving ministry, committed to engaging the community in a holistic fashion, therefore, we are always seeking awareness of the needs of our neighbors and adapting to be relevant to those needs.