We work hard to show God's love to the folks we work with. Above all our first concern, is to always treat the folks we help as human beings. We show them respect, care and hold them in high regard. We treat them like our parents, our siblings or . . . our children. In essence, the way we'd want our family treated. Because of this, you don't hear about a lot we do. There's a LOT we don't talk about in the name of showing respect. A lot we don't show on social media. We respect the privacy of those we help. If we do share something, it's with full permission from the person involved. I do tell stories occasionally and post pictures where you don't see faces. But there's so much more. Another kind of love is the care and concern Debra (our Executive Director) and Rob (our
This brief video talks about hotel operations. Watch to learn about the hotel and how we work with the folks we're helping. Additionally, while it isn't mentioned, we also supply OTC medication (like ibuprofen), feminine products as well as general hygiene products like deodorant. Also, thanks to generous donations from churches and private individuals, we are able to provide snacks and bottled water for our guests. https://youtu.be/7JAp0Cawou0 Folks from our area are placed in these rooms from the Universal Intake waiting list managed by Valley Community Services Board (540.213.7347). This universal intake list is also used by other area homeless services providers and is part of an initiative to reduce duplication of services.
Angie Engleman, a long-time "house mother" to the women we serve at Ruth Van Cleve Anderson's WARM House recently retired. While we couldn't throw her the party she deserved due to COVID regulations, WARM's Board of Directors Chair, Brian Edwards, together with Executive Director, Debra Freeman-Belle, and Program Director, Beverly Robinson gave her a bouquet and shared words and memories with her on her last day. Angie moved into Ruth's WARM House as part of the re-opening plan in 2015. While Angie was at Ruth's WARM House, her duties were varied and included things such as processing donations, making house meal plans, transporting residents to appointments, preparing rooms for residency, coaching residents to improve cooking, home-keeping, and childcare skills. She always had an ear to listen, and a shoulder to cry on for our house residents.
Debra Freeman-Belle, Executive Director of Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) received The Jean Harris Award for 2020 from the Waynesboro Noon Rotary Club. Ms. Freeman-Belle received the award to recognize the work that quickly and efficiently created partnerships and collaboration between organizations, businesses, and government during the COVID-19 Pandemic. “Waynesboro Rotary Club is a community jewel itself and comprised of many doers and change makers so this honor is humbling. Anyone who knows me, knows I prefer to work quietly and that bringing people together to help people experiencing homelessness is my passion. WARM’s work, especially during the pandemic, has quietly created partnerships to serve vulnerable community members so this recognition is special for every person who is quietly working behind the scenes to make community care possible.” The Jean Harris Award was created in 1997-98 when the Rotary International Board approved the creation. The award bears the
The Week 3 of WARM's cold weather shelter was hosted this week by Westminster Presbyterian Church. Each church puts their special touch on the guest's visit. One such thing was small blessing bags on each bed when guests arrived on the first night of Westminster's shelter week. We have volunteers that break down, move and set up the beds, distribute clean linen, blankets & pillows for the guests to make their bed on their own. Our linen & blankets are cleaned each week free of charge by Augusta Cleaners. Augusta Cleaners is a HUGE blessing to WARM and our guests. WARM strives for a sense of stability for our guests, as knowing what to expect each day/week allows them a sense of normalcy, while dealing with the trauma of homelessness. (More info on homeless trauma here) One way we do this is providing a schedule
The second week of the Cold Weather Shelter was hosted by Waynesboro Mennonite Church on Monroe Street in Waynesboro. The dining tables were set with white tablecloths and delicious food cooked from scratch was served each night. WARM Staff works hard to foster a sense of community & family for our guests, as this is something very new to many of them. Many times, building relationships with our guests allows us to work more efficiently to help them receive desperately needed services & support. The Cold Weather Shelter has a schedule of daily activities to help foster a sense of normality and continuity. Monday nights are "family meeting" nights, where Pastor Lee Reid leads a prayer/praise/discussion time. He goes over how things went the week before and discusses items that need the group's attention. Tuesdays are movie nights, where a variety of movies & snacks are enjoyed
The very first week of this year's Cold Weather Shelter was held at Fishersville United Methodist Church. They have separate rooms for males & females. This is a picture of the Women's dorm area. WARM Staff works hard to foster a sense of community & family for our guests, as this is something very new to a lot of them. Many times, building relationships with our guests allows us to work more efficiently to help them receive desperately needed services & support. The Cold Weather Shelter has a schedule of daily activities. This helps foster a sense of normality and continuity. Monday nights are "family meeting" nights, where Pastor Lee Reid leads a prayer/praise/discussion time. He goes over how things went the week before and discusses items that need the group's attention. Tuesdays are movie nights, where a variety of movies & snacks are enjoyed by
Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) is pleased to announce that the 2019 Men Who Cook broke ALL previous records! We raised nearly $28,000 to help the homeless! We are so grateful to the volunteers that made this happen, to the men that cooked (and their family members that helped them!), and all the attendees who showed up to support WARM. None of this would be possible without you! First, meet our winners: The trophy for 2019 Master Chef/Best Overall was Hunter Ingersoll from Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, with Cajun Corn Maque Choux. Best Appetizer trophy went to Mike Hamp, Waynesboro's City Manager with Warm Corn Dip. Best Side trophy went to Reverend Paul Pingel from Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church for his German Potato Salad. The trophy for Best Entree went to Kevin Osborne of Waynesboro Public Library for his entry of Pulled Pork BBQ, and last, but not least, City
The 80's 8k is an event held by Run The Valley and Waynesboro Parks & Recreation. The event benefits the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry. This year's race had 180 participants, and every step benefited the neediest people in our area. You can see more photos here, and you can view the race results here.