Our newest FUNraiser was held at Waynesboro Golf and Games between 10a-1p for a Spirit Day and Mini-Golf Contest! There were prizes for 5 different age groups. Love, INC Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro also celebrated their Treasures for Love Store’s 6th Anniversary at the same time with lots of fun including children’s activities, a yard sale, a silent auction, the Strite’s Donuts, meals from Rooster’s, free Kline’s Kiddie Kone coupons, and a free McDonald’s sandwich coupon for donations to the thrift store.
WARM hosted its annual Drive Out Homelessness Charity Golf Tournament on June 7, 2019. WARM provides support, temporary shelter or housing and community development for homeless adults and families in Waynesboro & Augusta County, Virginia through the WARM Cold Weather Shelter, Ruth's WARM House and community outreach. Proceeds of this tournament help fund successful programs including: shelter & support to 118 homeless adults during our 18-week winter season (2017-2018); 68% of winter guests were homeless seniors, veterans or reported disabilities; 2,289 shelter beds and 6,865 free meal were provided during the winter; 20 homeless families with 41 children were provided shelter & support (2018); and 15, or 75% of those families transitioned into stability or were still receiving services at year end. Millpond Farm Photography took wonderful photos of the tournament (rain & all) and you can see their post about it here. They donated their time & service, and
The WARM Volunteer Appreciation dinner for our shelter volunteers was held on April 25, 2019. The location was First Baptist Church in Waynesboro. Dinner was prepared by Chef Jerry Wells, and included a salad, roasted chicken, red potatoes, and green beans with a variety of cheesecakes for dessert. The flowers in the front were generously donated by Waynesboro Florist. Faithful Men provided a moving program of acapella gospel songs. Following the wonderful music program, we had a few brief speakers, including Dr. Jeffrey Cassell, Superintendent of Waynesboro Public Schools, and Debra Freeman-Belle, WARM's Executive Director. Our volunteers were given tokens of our appreciation inside a WARM mug (part of the gift). The image on the program was drawn for WARM by Lisa Peruchini Brady. There were also MANY door prizes donated by area businesses and friends of WARM including Milmont Greenhouses (donated ALL the
This past week, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church hosted the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry Cold Weather Shelter for the week. During our week of hosting, at least five other churches in the area also participated in providing food, overflow support (the number of homeless in need of shelter has exceeded the capacity of a host church like ours a majority of nights this year!), and transportation. That caused me to ask WARM’s Executive Director Debra Burns how many congregations take part in this ministry to the homeless in our area — not only the cold weather shelter, which operates November through March of each year, but the Ruth Anderson WARM House, which operates year round offering help to homeless families; women and children in our area who are homeless. Debra sent me a list: more than 30 congregations in our area provide volunteers and funding to make the ministry and program
The Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry is moving forward, both with new officials in place and a timeline to open their new facility. In September, the Waynesboro city council approved plans for WARM to take over a facility off of Fairfax Avenue, which was owned by Presbyterian Homes and Family Services. Three months later, the group has directors in place and will soon close on the property. Monday was the first day on the job for Debra Burns. The 30-year-old grew up in Waynesboro and came home this week to take over as WARM’s director of development and client services. Burns comes from Huntington, West Virginia, where she worked as a grant writer and also a domestic violence shelter coordinator for the Huntington Housing Authority. “I’m jumping in with both feet,” Burns said. “When I moved back here, I was planning to just stay as a grant writer. But then I