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2020 marks Fahe’s 40th anniversary of building the American Dream. Over these four decades, Fahe has invested over $1.5 Billion which has directly changed the lives of over 616,000 people.  Our 50+ Members, all local leaders, are directly responsible for our ability to connect communities to investments and opportunity. As we celebrate our anniversary throughout the year, we are taking time to acknowledge and showcase our Members and highlight the important work they are doing which will impact the future of our communities for the next 40 years and beyond.

Religious Coalition for Community Renewal – Charleston, WV

Founded in 1987, the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal (RCCR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization nestled in Charleston, West Virginia. RCCR’s membership is made up of over 30 religious interfaith congregations who are dedicated to ensuring the success of RCCR’s mission. By acting cooperatively across the various faith traditions present in their membership, RCCR develops projects and programs that help renew their community by identifying, addressing, and overcoming obstacles that keep individuals and families from decent, affordable housing.

As part of their commitment to serving their community, RCCR provides a safe environment for men to transition from homelessness to independent living.  Samaritan Inn is a residential recovery program that offers supportive services and a safe place to stay, for up to 14 months, for up to nine adult men at a time. The Samaritan Inn provides the resources and support residents need in order to make a positive, lifelong impact on their future. 

RCCR also supports several rental housing complexes that are a prime example of what quality, safe, and affordable housing should be. At their Smith Street Station location, they provide single unit apartments for up to 29 people. Through the apartments, moderate- to low- income individuals are able to experience independent living in a community with a family-like living environment. RCCR also operates three additional apartment complexes dedicated to senior living for those 55 years or older.

Through RCCR’s Home Ownership Program, participants are supported and encouraged as they learn about affordable and safe homeownership. Since the program started in 1995, over 1,800 families have received counseling and more than 500 families have become first-time home owners. Through the individualized process, each family, or individual, is paired with a housing counselor to address their needs and make home ownership a reality.

To learn more about RCCR and what services they offer, or want to keep up with current projects, follow the links below:

Religious Coalition for Community Renewal
RCCR Facebook

Join our Anniversary Celebration

Over the course of 2020, we will be celebrating Fahe’s history through sharing historical photos, family stories, and future projects, as well as other Member Highlights. Please join our 40th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories, pictures, and support for Fahe on social media.  Please join in by using the hashtag #WeAreFahe.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski serves as Fahe's Communication VISTA. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She's an avid lover of music and in her free time she enjoys photography, going to concerts and re-watching "The Office."

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