WARM Shelter Helping Local Women

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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Waynesboro,Va. (WHSV)-- After opening two months ago, Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry, WARM, is already full with a waiting list.

The womens' shelter is an opportunity for women and their kids to be given some type of stability from tough situations and turn their lives around.

"It was rough, I was going from home to home, place to place. The kids were being jerked here and jerked there, changing schools," said Laura Talarico.

She takes care of her five kids, including her two-year-old and four-month-old. She spends time looking for jobs and hopes to land one soon.

"Waiting for a call back and I'm going to try and get something part time," said Talarico.

Before the shelter intervened, Talarico didn't have a phone or a mentor. This meant that she had to miss important events, such as foster care prevention appointments; however, things have since turned around for her, "The case was closed right away, they said everything was going great," said Talarico.

There are five women and 11 kids staying in the downstairs area of the WARM shelter. They echo Talarico's sentiment.

"You don't gotta go worry about where you're gonna stay tonight, tomorrow or the next day. You know you always got a place to go," said mother-to-be Lakisha Haliburton. She walks to her full-time job every morning.

"4:30 a.m. to walk to Kohl's to be there by 7," said Haliburton. She found employment at Kohl's after staying at the shelter, and has now almost saved enough money to move closer to work.

In addition to helping women and kids find stability in this shelter, members of WARM are also working to pay off $150,000 for the house that hosts the shelter.

WARM workers receive phone calls almost weekly about families in need.

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