About WARM

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

 

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

WARM'S HISTORY

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 1,600 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.

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:

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

96%

69%

63%

44%

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.

Frequently asked questions

What is WARM's mission?

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What is WARM's service area?

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What is substandard housing?

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What is the potential impact of substandard housing?

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What services are provided?

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Who is eligible for WARM services?

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WARM Staff Member Melanie with Volunteer