Molly started the Friendship Room in the deep cold of the winter in 2015. As a polar vortex winter storm was rolling through the area she was overcome with the feeling she had to serve the people who didn't have a place to go. A one weekend effort turned into a years long ministry which is now the Friendship Room organization we know today. She now works to meet the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized in the Ohio Valley. Her mission remains:
"if one of our guests pass away tomorrow they will know they were loved by us."
Bill McGovern, alongside wife Molly McGovern cofounded the Friendship Room in 2015. At the helm of the mission Bill has been here since the beginning building relationships, serving individuals and using his skills as a paramedic to properly respond in crisis situations. Bill was born and raised in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh and knows the tri-state area well.
Victoria Fallon is the Executive Assistant at the Center of Hope, Friendship Room. Before devoting her time to the Friendship Room, Victoria served for 3 years as the Executive Director at Aim Women’s Center and as its Development Director for 5 years before that. Victoria received her bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University in 1991. She is a team player and has a missionary heart. She married her husband, the late Brad Fallon. Victoria and her children reside in Wintersville.
Community Outreach Missionary
Alex Taylor works as the Community Outreach Missionary at the Center of Hope, Friendship Room. Before devoting her time to the Friendship Room, Alex worked as a reporter and TV news anchor for WTOV9 covering news in 13 counties across West Virginia and Ohio. Alex received her bachelors degree in Broadcast journalism and Public Relations from Kent State University in 2017. Alex felt drawn to the mission of the Friendship Room after covering their work from News9.