Friendship Room NEWS
The Center of Hope Friendship Room works diligently to effectively communicate across multiple platforms including social media outlets and local news entities. Over the years the work done here have been featured in numerous stories on NBC affiliate WTOV NEWS9, the Herald Star news paper, the Apostolate for Family Consecration, Ice Picture Productions and others.
Stuck in Traffick
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — More than 219 human trafficking cases were reported in Ohio in 2018. It is estimated that between 14,000 and 17,000 individuals are trafficked in the United States each year. It’s happening in the Ohio Valley, an uneasy secret in Steubenville.
A Place for Comfort and Care
STEUBENVILLE — Her name is Jody and at 51, if there’s a secret to a lifetime steeped in happiness, she’s the first to admit she never found it. Abused and molested from the age of 4, “I ended up getting on drugs,” she said.
“That’s when the abuse just kept happening, kept happening,” she said. “You get immune to it .. .not really immune, you never get immune. It just puts you in isolation, drugs relieve you.”
Once she needed a ride to pick up food at Urban Mission but did without because she wasn’t willing to pay the price the man asked of her. Another time a man dropped her off “in the middle of nowhere” because she wouldn’t turn a trick for him. She’s been raped by her own brother.
Friendship Room Ready to Help
STEUBENVILLE — Due to the severe weather, the Friendship Room will be operating around the clock so people in need can warm themselves.
“We’re keeping an eye on the weather,” the Friendship Room’s Molly McGovern said. “We want people to know there’s a place they can come. We’ll have volunteers here throughout the evening and the night.”
McGovern said they’ve set up an emergency warming area, complete with hot chocolate, oatmeal, soups and blankets, to get people who are homeless or living in inadequate housing out of the elements.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — In Steubenville, the Friendship Room teamed up with Pizzaferato to deliver toys to families in need. Leading up to Christmas, the Friendship Room has collected toys for children of all ages including newborns.
Volunteers are packing trucks for donations of around 200 children in the community to make sure every good girl and boy receive a toy.
"It's always nice to be a part of something like this, especially around the holidays," John Fallon said. "I think we can get pretty wrapped up in buying presents for our families and making sure all this stuff is good, but it's really good to make sure you're giving back to the community and taking care of other people."