New Children's Shelter

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An open house Friday launched a new, half-million dollar shelter for juveniles at the site of the old Ogden Funeral Home.

It replaces a building on Latrobe Street that its operators have outgrown. Most of the renovation costs were covered by donations.

"The county commission and the city of Parkersburg have contributed," according to Steve Tuck, regional director for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. "All the major foundations have been very generous. Individual donors have been very good."

The shelter houses people involved in abuse and neglect cases who have been removed from their homes and minor offenders through the juvenile justice system.