In the Beginning
The Scotts Run area of West Virginia had become a booming mining community in the late 1910s and 1920s. Immigrants and southern blacks migrated to the area to fill the workforce. A great influx of immigrant workers created a communications barrier between the new migrants and the native residents.
The members of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the current-day Wesley Methodist Church in Morgantown saw the opportunity to help the new families in the area by offering English classes and health education. As the first World War ended, the demand for coal declined drastically, mines began to close, and many residents lost their jobs. Most were confronted with money shortages, health problems and sub-standard education.
The Women's Home Missionary Society continued to serve the community during this time and started other programs that provided spiritual education, expanded health services, and even recreation to the residents of the area. Nestled right outside of Morgantown, WV, in the small community of Osage, the building that stands today was built in 1927 as a permanent structure for the people of the community to turn to in times of need.
Scott's Run Settlement House
The Women of the Home Missionary Society modeled their program after those that had been created in larger cities. The Settlement House was formed to help with the "Americanization" of newly arrived immigrants by promoting English literacy, citizenship, hygiene and other basic life skills. The women from Home Missionary Society created a bible school to help teach the children.
The original setting for the Settlement House was located in several rooms above Possner's Store in the town of Osage. After several years, SRSH added additional programs, such as classes on cooking, and motherhood. The Woman's Home Missionary women were confronted with several challenges, including people who did not welcome their presence and a fire that destroyed the original setting of SRSH, above Possner's Store. After much fundraising, the ladies were able to construct the permanent structure in Osage in 1927.
SRSH is proud of it's connection to the United Methodist Women, National Office, as the only National Mission Institute in the state of WV, as well as the WV Conference of the United Methodist Church as one of seven missions in the state. While the nature of all of the work at SRSH is secular, our United Methodist heritage guides the service to and compassion for our brothers and sisters in need. We welcome any and all individuals and families in need in Monongaila County,
Scott's Run Settlement House (SRSH) has grown over the years in response to the needs of those in Monongailia County who find themselves marginalized by economic and social decline. SRSH added programs and services to provide those most in need with the most basic of needs, as well as education, information and recreation. Currently offered services and programs can be found on this website.
After the 1980's, Scott's Run Settlement House no longer functioned as an organized church, but Christian philosophy continues to be practiced throughout all of the daily activities. John 15:12 instructs "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you," this message of love guides the philosphy of service at Scott's Run. SRSH takes pride in enriching and strengthening individual and family life by providing experiences of growth in the lives of participants of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, beliefs, and capabilities.