1981: Provide free office space to Kanawha Hospice to get established and become its own independent organization.
1982: Assist with organizational development and free office and operational space for West Virginia Health Right (a free health clinic).
1982: Take a leadership role in the formation of Sojourners, a shelter for women and children, providing personnel, organizational development and financial assistance.
1982: Oppose proposed changes to the State Department of Welfare’s policy that would penalize welfare recipients receiving monetary assistance from charitable organizations.
1983: File an amicus brief in the West Virginia Supreme Court which stated “all people in West Virginia have a right to shelter, food and medical care.” West Virginia was the second state in the nation to provide these basic rights.
1983: Establish, with other local groups working on homelessness, the Charleston Coalition for the Homeless.
1984: Develop Charleston Public Housing Authority policy giving priority status and placement to people who are homeless.
1984-1989: Give space, personnel, financial and organizational assistance to Cooperative Sewing Inc., a co-op for low-income women.
1986: Organize and sponsor the first state-wide conference on homelessness, “Homelessness: The Problem, Root Causes and Solutions.” A resource book with the same name was produced following this conference.
1986: Publish “The Road to Nowhere”, a short video of homeless individuals’ testimonies with an accompanying teaching aid.
1987: Launch the Rural Housing Program, establishing community development organizations which operate free of political party control. In 1989, Clay Mountain Housing, which began as part of the Rural Housing Program, became financially independent of Covenant House.
1987-1988: Work to increase public understanding of rural homelessness as distinct from urban homelessness; wrote and published “It Ain’t Much, But It’s All I Got”, which is available at the Kanawha County Public Library.
1988: Protest inaccessibility of Kanawha County’s Office of Department of Welfare to outside Charleston city limits; Secure accommodations by KRT to provide free bus passes to and from the welfare office.
1988: Open the only comprehensive residential and resource program for people with AIDS, which remained the sole residence in WV for those living with the virus until 1995.