Editor's note: Tyrand Cooperative Ministries will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and this is part of an occasional series of information about the organization.
Tyrand Cooperative Ministries' colorful history dates back to 1962. The Methodist churches in the upper Tygart Valley, then comprised of the Mill Creek, Huttonsville and Mingo charges, became a cooperating parish within the Buckhannon District of the Methodist Church.
This was the beginning of Tyrand even though its first name was the Upper Tygart's Valley Parish, and in 1965, the name Tyrand Parish was coined by the people of the area. Tyrand's first director was the Rev. Gilbert Hart, who served until 1968.
Waunita Trickett, church and community worker, is shown with the Rev. Mack Boggs, director, in a photo from Tyrand Cooperative Ministries’ historic collection.
Tyrand is an acronym formed by the first syllables of the words Tygart and Randolph. Tyrand's mission is to provide essential services to meet the emergency needs of less-fortunate people and families in the Tygart Valley region of Randolph County. A secondary purpose is to advocate for social changes which will better address the needs of the local communities. Another purpose is to provide opportunities for ecumenical nurture, growth and worship activities among the participating churches.
In 1968, the Rev. Richard Miller was appointed as director and served until 1969, at which time the Rev. Mack Boggs was appointed. Waunita Trickett, deaconess, was appointed as the new church and community worker. Trickett also was the mayor of Huttonsville.
At this point, it was realized that additional space was needed for Tyrand's growing ministries, and a new home was established for the operation center at the old Carnation Milk Plant in Huttonsville.
In the new facility, Tyrand continued to provide clothing to less-fortunate individuals. Funds were raised from a number of projects that included sewing, weaving, crafts, upholstery and baked goods. Additionally a library, now known as the Tygart Valley Community Library, was organized and housed in the facility.