WARM Hopes to Expand Services to Include Day Shelter

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- WARM or Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry is hoping to expand its services. WARM works with churches in Waynesboro and the surrounding area.

Different churches house women and men at night during the cold winter months. Now Director of Community Services Chaplain David Emery is hoping they can open a permanent day shelter.

Amanda Seagraves says getting away from an abusive relationship led her to Virginia. This isn't her first shelter.

"They just seem like they care here, you know before it was just sort of like we were a bar code, just a statistic," said Seagraves.

Seagraves and others who stay at churches are thankful. Some of them volunteer to set up cots and get things ready.

"Free showers, laundry, nice hot meals, a lot of moral support when you need it," said Richard King, who stays at WARM shelters.

Church on the Hill volunteers cook dinner and residents can stay until morning.

"It's kind of hard in the morning at 7:30 to take them out and leave them off in the city in the cold," said Church on the Hill Administrator Brian Shirley.

When city holidays come around, they can't go to the library or other public buildings to keep warm. Organizers say a day shelter would help people move to the next step.

Probably bring people in to counsel and help them work back into society and being productive members...."Have a computer area where they can search jobs online, have a washer and dryer," said David Emery, WARM Director of Communinty Services.

People who have stayed with WARM for months or years agree with Emery.

"It's a good idea simply because of the fact of how cold it is. There have been days where, you know I've been outside and it's been so cold, that it's literally physically painful," said Seagraves.

It's a chance that could help some find a home again.

"Anybody out there could be just a paycheck away from being where we are," said Seagraves.

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