Waynesboro Women's Shelter Is Open Again

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- A local shelter is open once again, WHSV spoke with families who say it's a chance at stability, but there's a lot of work ahead.

"I'd have had to start all over, it would have been rough," said Laura Talarico, who lives at home.

Talarico is thankful she has a place to feed her daughter Zoe lunch. After being told to move out by Jul. 5, the board reversed its decision on Jul. 11.

This was a decision which wasn't made public until a post written this week on Facebook. The four families are very relieved they can still stay here, but to keep the program going, volunteers and funding are both issues.

"People were trying to help us, but it was just kind of, the whole, upsetting thing was they only gave us two weeks," said Talarico.

Erica Daniels says all the women are trying to better their lives.

"To get rejected again, you know, after you've already been trying, you know that was the last thing that anybody needed to hear was that the last place that you had to go is closing," said Daniels.

and uprooting their progress.. would have meant.. starting over. But she understands that money is needed to pay for the Waynesboro home, and volunteers are needed to monitor the house.

"We are trying to move ourselves up and out of this situation, and we're just really glad that they decided to keep it open and it was a struggle for them to do that," said Daniels.

Some workers wouldn't comment on camera. A statement from the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry, also known as WARM, reads in part, "we are hopeful for the future of WARM".

The leaders are fully assessing past gaps in services.

"I feel really grateful that we get to stay here," said Darrien Talarico, Laura's son.

"Thank you to everybody for the calls and the concern and the volunteer work because without them, it wouldn't be anything here. I mean, we'd be gone," said Darrien.

A decision that will help these women become independent.

Organizers plan to train volunteers next month. They are also reviewing their non-profit status with the IRS.


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