Community Networks, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(C)(3)organization. The organization began as the Berkeley County Coalition for the Homeless. Bethany House, the agency’s emergency shelter for women and children, has been providing services to the community since 1986. In 1994, the organization changed its name to Community Networks, Inc. and began to further expand its service base to include transitional housing for women and HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services. The Hope Living Center (transitional housing for women) opened in October of 2000.
The organization offers a wide range of services to our community’s low-income and homeless populations. The major programs operated by Community Networks, Inc include:
- Emergency shelter for women and children at Bethany House where up to 32 persons can be served at any given time.
- Transitional Housing for single women at the HOPE Living Center which provides 9 single room occupancy units.
- Permanent housing assistance and supportive services for HIV/AIDS individuals.
- A drop in center for persons with HIV/AIDS inclusive of a pantry, laundry facilities, case management and supportive services.
- Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing with rental assistance and case management to homeless households in the Eastern Panhandle began in 2009 with the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity