Heart and Hand House, Inc., and Mullens and Mullens Attorneys, both of Philippi, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for February.

Brenda Hunt, left, is the Director of Heart and Hand House which has served the community since 1965.  Hunter Mullens is the principal attorney for Mullens and Mullens Attorneys.

Heart and Hand House, located at 45 Mason Street, provides assistance to low-income people from Barbour County, and offers a food pantry, limited emergency financial assistance, clothing, emergency shelter, infant care items, home repairs, new home construction, backpack feeding programs, two thrift stores, and a community Garden Market on Philippi’s Main Street.

Heart and Hand House is a non-profit mission project of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our food pantry is open 5 days a week, while our thrift stores are located in Philippi and Belington.  For more information visit  www.heartandhandhouse.org,  find us on Facebook under “heartandhand”,   or call our main office at (304) 457-1295”, she says.

Hunt is a native of Elkins with a B. S. Degree in Management from Davis & Elkins College and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the West Virginia University Division of Social Work.  She is Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of the Barbour Community Health Association, and a member of the Corley United Methodist Church.

Mullens and Mullens, PLLC, is the largest law firm in the 19th Judicial Circuit, which includes Barbour and Taylor Counties.  It focuses on business representation, coal mining, natural gas, and serious personal injury cases.  “We are a professional law firm with a smalltown approach.  We believe that integrity matters,” says Hunter Mullens who co-founded the firm with Kate Mullens in July of 2003.  The offices are located at 9 North Main Street in Philippi, or Post Office Box 95 Philippi, 26416.  They may be reached at 457-9000.

Mullens has represented a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.  He has successfully litigated jury verdicts as counsel for Plaintiffs and Defendants in civil cases seeking monetary compensation and has obtained successful jury verdicts for Defendants as a private attorney and on behalf of the State of West Virginia.  He was a member of the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and was previously elected to represent the 15th District of the State Bar.  Mullens is a member of the Board of the Barbour Chamber, which he serves as Vice President, and the Board of the Preston-Taylor Community Health Center. 

Mullens is an honors graduate of Pocahontas High School, a cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from WVU in 1977.  He was formerly Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Barbour and Taylor Counties, City Attorney for Philippi and Grafton, and is a veteran of the S. Army, having served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.