Our History

Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Inc. was incorporated on December 15, 1987, to provide shelter and meals to the homeless throughout southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut.  In conjunction with seven local churches, the shelter and soup kitchen were kept open seven days a week from November to March.

The shelter and the soup kitchen rotated nightly between the following locations:

Sundays: Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church
Mondays: St. Pius X Church
Tuesdays: Christ Episcopal Church
Wednesdays: St. Michael’s Church
Thursdays: Immaculate Conception Church
Fridays: Pleasant Street Baptist Church
Saturdays: Central Baptist Church

Many of the original churches are still involved with WARM today, providing volunteers,  meals, and shoulder when needed. Their collective mission statement at inception was; “Westerly Area Rest/Meals Shelter, Inc. offers each guest three basic expressions of hospitality: a warm meal, a warm bed and a warm welcome as well as related social services and advocacy.”

1989: By the second year of operation, eight churches were involved and the service was provided year around. Over 300 volunteers were supporting WARM, along with local businesses, civic groups, Westerly Hospital and Westerly Fire Department.

1990: Executive Director hired. The building at 56 Spruce Street was purchased to provide a stable environment for those needing food and shelter.

2000: November 15th. The building at 54 Spruce Street was purchased to provide for the possibility of expansion, housing for Attire for Hire, and executive offices.

2012: Russell J. Partridge steps in as acting Executive Director.

2013: Retirement of long-time Executive Director, Rev. Jean Barry, and the dedication of our new building, The Rev. Jean Barry Center for Social Services, at 54 Spruce Street.

The WARM Center

(401) 596-WARM
Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Oct
1
Sun
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[...]
Apr
14
Sat
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 you will enjoy the upbeat sound of a live, 15-piece swing band. You will have time[...]
May
5
Sat
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[...]