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.

Rhode Island Spotlight highlights community heroes and heroic organizations. Visit them and browse the archive at http://www.rhodeislandspotlight.org. 

The WARM Center

(401) 596-WARM
Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Upcoming Events

all-day Dollar Makes a Difference @ The WARM Center
Dollar Makes a Difference @ The WARM Center
Oct 1 2017 – Mar 31 2018 all-day
Dollar Makes a Difference @ The WARM Center
Will you help? Through the Dollar Makes a Difference campaign, which begins October 1st, WARM receives contributions designated for heating assistance to help financially struggling men, women, and children in the community.  It’s simple: give[...]
6:00 pm 2018 WARM Gala @ Westerly Armory
2018 WARM Gala @ Westerly Armory
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2018 WARM Gala @ Westerly Armory
Prepare yourself for INTRIGUE AND MAYHEM!   This 1920’s Hollywood themed event will be glamorous and exciting. As you arrive the upbeat sounds of live swing music will get your toes tapping. Wander through the[...]
10:30 am Penguin Plunge @ The Andrea
Penguin Plunge @ The Andrea
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Penguin Plunge @ The Andrea
Rescheduled from New Year’s Day The Andrea, Misquamicut Beach REGISTER HERE! DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM AND WAIVER HERE. PLUNGE OR PLEDGE! freezin’ for a reason….              Are you willing to[...]