NEW: Washington Trust Gives $50K to Westerly WARM Center
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
“Washington Trust is proud to help support the WARM Center efforts to help those in need in our local community,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President, and CEO.
The WARM Center
The WARM Center has always been known as a shelter and soup kitchen. Over the last 25 years, WARM has come to offer much more. For struggling parents, WARM provides affordable housing or help with utility bills. To disabled people with financial challenges, WARM is an accessible, affordable apartment. For the elderly who cannot afford medicines, WARM has become a safety net.
After 25 years of service, and with the support of companies like Washington Trust and a distinguished group of volunteers, the WARM Center has been raising money to build a new center. The new WARM Center will be a modern facility providing dignified shelter and meals to the homeless, affordable apartments for people with disabilities, and adequate space for case management and implementation of job-readiness programs.
“The WARM Center has been a great local refuge, providing terrific services for those in need. With the current economy, people have struggled with homelessness and making ends meet. The new facility will help individuals and families take the next step toward independence,” said Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Washington Trust.
Next door to the new Center, WARM’s existing shelter, with 9 sets of bunk beds squeezed into two small rooms and only two bathrooms for 19 people, will finally be renovated. Currently, the Center must turn away homeless people who use wheelchairs. However, the shelter renovation will add wheelchair accessibility and room to move.
The new WARM Center at 56 Spruce Street will exemplify WARM’s motto of compassion, hope and dignity. It will strengthen social services, bolster the community, and give clients the help they need to achieve self-sufficiency. Hopefully, the community can help the WARM Center realize their dream of Anita’s Kitchen and the new WARM Center.
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