Parkersburg, West Virginia

Arthur N. Gustke Child Shelter
1640 St. Marys Avenue
P.O. Box 763
Parkersburg, WV 26102
Phone: 304-424-5244  
: Brooke Heck, Supervisor

Check out the CHS Parkersburg Site News Blog.


How to Get There:

From Interstate 77, take exit 176,(7th Street, Route 50 Exit,) follow the ramp to the end and continue West on 7th Street toward Parkersburg.  After passing the Kroger store, turn right at the next stoplight just past JB Lube on to Fairview Avenue. Immediately after turning on Fairview, turn left on 16th Street. Follow 16th Street for several blocks to a Go Mart on your right. Turn right at this stop light on to St. Marys St.  The shelter, a large white building on your right, is in the next block.

Parkersburg Office
1717 St. Marys Avenue                             
P.O. Box 763                                                
Parkersburg, WV 26102                          
Phone: 304-485-0650                                        
: Shelly Plauché, Regional Director

Wecan coordinator
: Rachel Sutton
304-485-0650 Work

How to Get There:

Follow the directions to Gustke Child Shelter.  The Community Based Services Office is one block past the shelter on your left. Look for the Society's logo on the door, turn into the parking lot.  

We're a Promise Site!

In January, 2010, America's Promise designated our Parkersburg site as a Promise Place. By demonstrating that local Society programs provide access to caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to help others, we have joined the nation's largest partnerships providing supports to young people. You can learn more about America's Promise Alliance - and the five promises that young people need for success in life at

Parkersburg's 5th Annual Neighborhood Day

More than 50 children received free books atParkersburg's 5th Annual Neighborhood Day on Saturday, September 18th. To find out who else was there and what else went on, click here for the full story and pictures.

Parkersburg's Vistas are Enhanced Through Partipation in Two VISTA Volunteer Projects

Project 1: A VISTA Volunteer develops supports and opportunities for youth aging out of foster care to make their transition to adulthood successful. The project involves raising awareness in the community, recruiting mentors for the target population, and developing self-help and self-support opportunities.

Project 2: A VISTA Volunteer assists the Little Kanawha Collaborative, a seven county multi-agency/multi-discipline interagency group, in conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment regarding children, youth and family services. The VISTA Volunteer assists with much of the organizational work of the assessment and will raise awareness of the issues faced by at-risk children and families.


Services available at the Gustke Shelter include:
Emergency Shelter Services


National Runaway Switchboard (NRS)
Web Address



Services available through the Parkersburg office include:
Birth to Three

Foster Care

Mid Town Family Resource Center
Parents As Teachers Right From The Start
Transitional Living

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