WARM Shelter Undergoes Transition

WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- Instead of leaving, families are transitioning in the hopes of beating homelessness for good.

"Overcome almost being homeless and almost being homeless, being put out of a shelter. So I feel that that has made them stronger," said Mona Vaugh, the house coordinator of WARM.

Kisha Haliburton packs up her newborn son's clothes. She can afford a place of her own now after staying here since April.

Others still waiting on housing applications say it's hard to say farewell.

"It's like saying goodbye to a family member, so it's kind of emotional," said Laura Talarico, who stays in the WARM Shelter.

It hasn't been without challenges. Workers still wonder if the home will stay open. The women there still remember when they were almost forced to leave earlier this year.

"They just gave me a place to stay, that's how I feel," said Haliburton.

"Hasn't been the most wonderful experience, but also it was a roof over me and my kid's head. You know, not being on the streets or going from place to place, wondering where I'm going to sleep night to night," said Talarico.

Talarico says the shelter has helped her grow, something she's seen in all the families. She's attending classes to become a stable parent.

"Some of the things that I had to do when i first came here I didn't think I would ever finish. But being here and being stable, I've gotten you know, a lot of things taken care of," said Talarico.

The goal is to transition the remaining women and kids by the fall. Then, workers with WARM are hopeful that they can reassess the program, and do what they can to make some changes, and hopefully then accept more women and kids after that.

The program is still in need of more volunteers. Workers are hopeful that they can continue work with other local agencies and churches when they're able to accept more families.

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