About the WARM Center
The WARM Center is a comprehensive social services agency providing professional and compassionate wraparound programming for those in need in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. We pride ourselves on treating everyone who seeks our services with compassion, dignity and respect.
WARM is the only provider of comprehensive shelter services to adult men and women in South County, Rhode Island and Southeastern CT. Gender defined dormitories shelter 13 men and 6 women. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We offer a safe, stable and alcohol/drug free environment for each resident. Support and accountability are key here – each resident works with a case manager to develop a plan specific to their particular needs as they journey towards independence. While the average stay at WARM is approximately three months, some residents may need to stay longer if their circumstances require it.
“Anita’s Kitchen” is the only soup kitchen in the region that serves lunch and dinner to the public 365 days each year.
Other programming includes Harvest Homes for homeless families; supportive transitional and permanent housing; Community Critical Needs which assist community members in crisis with case management and financial assistance to help them maintain housing; Work Readiness and Culinary Job Training; Attire for Hire, a children’s summer lunch program, street outreach, and free tax preparation for low-moderate income households.
Each day we strive to fulfill our mission to: “provide a continuum of care and service to the homeless and needy by providing affordable housing and assuring supportive services, and to help the homeless and needy build self-esteem and move toward independent and responsible living.”
What started out as a soup kitchen and emergency shelter in the heart of Westerly nearly three decades ago has evolved into a comprehensive non-profit social service organization that this year will serve more than 2,300 people. The WARM Center has expanded to serve not only those in Westerly, but also surrounding communities in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut. In this August 2016 video, Rhode Island Spotlight host Jim Hummel sits down with Russ Partridge, WARM’s executive director, and two people who say WARM saved their lives – literally.
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