W.A.R.M Shelter Is Scheduled to Close Its Doors

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- The Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (W.A.R.M.) leaders said they don't have the volunteers, policies, or funding right now.

But, the women staying there said that's not the issue.

The women and 11 kids who live at W.A.R.M. have to move by July 5.
Pastor Howard Miller, the W.A.R.M. board chair, said the shelter will close for three to four months.

After the executive director who lived in the house stepped down they have to find someone new.

Volunteers have stepped up to help monitor the house which is required by the city permit. One man is even offering to pay for house expenses.

Women living here said most have jobs, and they want others to know they've progressed.

"Well yes, we are. In three months, I've gotten a job, I'm next on the list for..I mean I've been going to substance abuse classes, I've been clean for three months," said Laura Talarico.

"Probably were too eager to begin our work and we realize that we did not have adequate programming," said Pastor Howard Miller.

Pastor miller said the decision was a very difficult one.

Members are currently looking for other shelters to move to because of the short notice.

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