Westerville Area Resource Ministry

WARM is a cooperative effort among area churches to serve people in need in the Westerville City School District with Christian compassion. The mission of WARM is to provide compassionate, short-term assistance, educational services and spiritual support in order to encourage individuals to achieve a God-reliant, self-sufficient life while restoring dignity and hope.  By providing “a hand up, not a hand out” through quality programs and services, WARM facilitates positive change while restoring dignity and hope to truly make a difference in the lives of each individual we serve.

Programs & Services

  •  FEED – Food Pantry: The Client choice program provides a 6-day supply of food to eligible clients. Individuals may visit the pantry twice a month for nutritional assistance.
  • STOP – Steps to Overcome Poverty: STOP is a unique self-sufficiency program that “helpspeople help themselves.” Highlights of the program include: Limited Financial Assistance, Individual Goal and Employability Plans, Budget Training, One-on-One Employment Coaching, Workshops for Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills
  • HOPE - for Elderly and Disabled Clients: This program empowers clients to maximize limited resources by providing assistance with budgets and personal goals while meeting nutritional assistance.
  • Benefit Bank – Resource Referral: The Benefit Bank is a web-based program designed to connect low-income families with federal, state and local public assistance.
  • HELP – Transient Assistance: A collaborative effort with the Westerville Chaplain Corp. and the Westerville Police Department. This program serves individuals passing through Westerville in need of emergency assistance.
  • Kids Lunch Club: Provides eligible children with free, nutritious meals and coordinated activities when school is not in session.

Church of the Messiah members actively participate at WARM in the following ways: 

  • Sorting and date checking donated items to the food pantry.
  • Delivering donated food from local businesses to the food pantry.
  • Working at the store assisting clients while they shop for their needs.
  • Special event volunteers.
  • Job and career assistance through the STOP (Steps to Overcome Poverty) program.

To learn how to get involved with WARM through Church of the Messiah, contact Marian Hicks or Jan Hartman.