About Us


In 1971, Pastors and business people decided to buy a building, now known as The Clarksburg Mission, to provide shelter for veterans and people struggling with alcoholism. This gospel shelter then expanded into a refuge for women and children as well.

Today, not only do we provide emergency shelter through our welcome room, but we also provide transitional housing through our dorm program, homeless veterans program, sober living homes, 150+ meals a day, provide students with food to sustain themselves on the weekends when they are not in school and much more. Through growth and provision, we have gone from an emergency homeless shelter to a community outreach center.


Maggie Fisher
Catherine Jones
Jarrod Marozzi
John Paul Nardelli
Melissa Loder

Chris Kinney
Barbara Weaver
Ben Randolph
Bill Phillips


Lou Ortenzio – Executive Director

“God never wastes a hurt” is a good way to look at Romans 8:28. All my struggles, from a family physician who became an early casualty of the opioid epidemic, and my foray into the criminal justice system, provides me with a testimony and a vantage point. From my journey, I can share the rescue I received through the love and hope that only comes from Jesus Christ. I am honored to be a 12-year employee of The Clarksburg Mission and I now serve as the executive director.

Every day, I get to go and work with a great staff who truly loves the Lord and goes above and beyond to share the good news. I am very grateful to work in the Holy Spirit Hot Spot that The Mission is. I get to see miracles happen every day. We are humbled to build the Kingdom through our ministry. Our Christian community is undoubtedly transforming our community. Please come by to see what we are so enthused about.

Desi Underwood – Ministry Coordinator

About nine years ago, I moved to West Virginia from Ohio with my husband and five children. Though I was not taught about Jesus as a child, I gave my life to Christ about seven years ago. I used to envy those raised by Godly parents, but I now see that living most of my life without Christ and then experiencing a new life in Christ is a true gift; a gift that gives me the ability to minister to new believers in a way that I may not have been able to otherwise.

When I was in my early twenties, I experienced homelessness. At the time I did not realize, but it was a blessing in disguise. Those memories are what led me to The Clarksburg Mission – exactly where the Lord wanted me to be. Being able to come alongside, and relate to new believers as they find recovery and new hope in Christ is a blessing beyond measure. My life, as well as the many lives the Lord leads to our door, are all proof that God indeed works all things for good for those who love Him.


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312 N 4th St, Clarksburg, WV 26301