The Harless Center at Central Place, scheduled to open in May 2015, is the culmination of a dream of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Morgantown, which purchased the property on which Central Place stands. Central Place is being privately developed by Metro Properties, Inc. under an agreement that insures the ministry of faith-based housing will be maintained.
“The Westminster Foundation has a 100-year history of providing Presbyterian campus ministry at WVU, but that has always meant being ecumenical and reaching out across faiths,” Foundation Board President John Bolt said. “The Foundation sees it as a logical extension of its ministry to open the way for Dr. Barrick-Parsons to continue this leadership in a deliberate, broader direction.”
Members of the Harless Center board of directors (formerly Westminster House) of Morgantown have been working to bring a faith-based residential option to the West Virginia University community since 2007.
Central Place will provide safe, high-quality student housing, but also will provide a hospitable environment that includes programs that allow students to be grounded in their faith and grow in understanding of other faith and belief traditions.
Residents will find a safe, secure, home-like environment at Central Place. Harless Center staff and programs will support residents as they pursue educational goals and sort out the direction of their life journey. Residents will be required to sign a Code of Social Responsibility and the complex will be drug and alcohol-free.
On-site activities will include small groups, service projects, speakers/discussion series, game nights, movie nights, group meals, student planned programs. Support staff onsite will include the executive director and student directors of programming on each floor.