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.