A house for the homeless in the Shenandoah Valley is closing its doors and asking women and children to leave.
Four women and their 11 children have been asked to leave the Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) house. Laura Trent, who was living there with her three children, says the house was a blessing when she moved in at the end of March.
“It was really stable. The people here are wonderful,” she said.
But three months shy of Trent's anticipated stay and with only two weeks’ notice, they must go. Dr. John Anderson has been involved with WARM since its inception three years ago. He says he’s grief-stricken. In fact, he offered to pay the monthly utilities to keep the families in the house.
But Pastor Howard Miller, chairman of the WARM board, says it comes down to something other than financial troubles. Rather, it has to do with programming – not being able to offer services the ministry had hoped to – and policies.
“As situations came up, we didn't have policies to meet situations. It simply meant that we had not done our homework well enough,” Miller said.
Miller says WARM’s board hopes to have the programming and policies in place by August 31.
WARM applied for its 501(c)(3) status 18 months ago and still doesn’t have it, which keeps it from getting larger donations. Miller says the board hopes to be moving women and children back into the house in three to four months.