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About WARM

WARM's mission is to repair, rebuild, and make homes accessible; and to inspire service, generosity, and hope. 


Serving low-income homeowners in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender Counties, many of whom are elderly, disabled, and/or veterans. WARM helps people age in place safely by preventing home accidents and illnesses - preserving their dignity and independence.


The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) began in 1996 in response to hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Volunteers from across our region were organized by leaders of the Wilmington District of the United Methodist Church to repair the damaged homes of low-income and elderly residents. As they entered the homes, volunteers noticed that much of the damage predated the storms - they just did not have the resources to make costly repairs. So, while responding to a natural disaster, WARM volunteers discovered a social disaster: substandard housing.

Long after the TV crews and national relief agencies packed up, WARM has continued its mission to improve the living conditions of low-income homeowners, including many elderly and disabled. Since its inception, WARM has helped over 1,800 families in Southeastern North Carolina. WARM will keep going until every homeowner in our service area is able to live safely and independently in the home they worked so hard to pay for.

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Ms. Mary,
a WARM Homeowner

So many of my concerns have been relieved due to the WARM program and the kindness and generosity they have shown. You have helped provide a safe and reliable home for us!

Mr. Doug, 
a WARM Homeowner

My physical and mental health has not been in good shape for a while now and I had given up hope on anything being fixed because I just don't have enough money. Now I am overjoyed and thankful for all you have done. I don't have to live with fear of the unhealthy and dangerous condition of my home. My friends can come over now. I have something to be proud of!

Ms. Dollie, 
a WARM homeowner

I prayed and asked God to show me what I can do, especially with the air conditioning broken. For 2 years I was hot, but I did the best I could to stay cool. Now the air feels good and I'm so happy for people like you that take time to help others in the community.


25th Anniversary

Thousands of volunteers and donors have made an immeasurable impact on families who were struggling with hurricane recovery and critical home repairs. Read more here:

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WARM's work makes homes safer and lowers the risk of:

Fall, fires, and other home accidents

Illness due to in-home environmental hazards

Home displacement due to in-home environmental hazards





Feel safer in their home

Experienced fewer falls

Experienced fewer flare-ups of chronic health conditions

Had fewer respiratory issues

The following statistics are from a program evaluation of WARM, conducted by Karen Dash Consulting.