Warm Shelter Opens to House Area Homeless

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- On Monday, Fishersville United Methodist Church opened up the first warm shelter for this season as part of the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry Program.

Volunteers worked all day to turn the church's Sunday school classrooms into rooms for Monday night's guests. There was enough space to hold 20 people.

The shelter at Fishersville United Methodist is unique because it is only one of two shelters that comes with showers.

To help those in need, members of the church lobbied to open up in time for the holidays.

“We just feel like Thanksgiving is certainly a time that's very appropriate for this type of thing. We're all blessed beyond what you can believe sometimes. And these folks are not. We want to pass it on,” said Tim Armentrout, a warm shelter administrator.

Fishersville United Methodist will also be open during Christmas week. More than 60 volunteers are available to help during the holidays.

A shuttle will leave at 6 p.m. every night from the Basic United Methodist Church in Waynesboro to take people to the current shelter.

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