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About WARM

The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) began in 1996 in response to hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Volunteers from across the country were organized by leaders of the Wilmington District of the United Methodist Church (now called the Harbor District) to repair the damaged homes of low income and elderly residents.


While responding to the natural disaster, volunteers noticed that much of the damage predated the storms and discovered a social disaster: substandard housing. Poor and elderly homeowners just could not afford costly repairs and were at risk of home accidents, fires, and displacement due to the condition of their home.


Now, WARM brings together volunteers and funders to make urgent repairs and accessibility upgrades for the very low-income homeowners of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties, many of whom are elderly or disabled.  Our work makes homes safer and lowers the risk of:

  • Falls, fires, and other home accidents

  • Illness due to in-home environmental hazards

  • Home displacement due to life-threatening safety hazards and debilitating injuries


To qualify for services, the home must be owner occupied and total household income must not exceed 50% of the median for the county of residence. A home assessment is conducted to identify risks to safety, health, and independence. Referrals are made to other agencies as needed. The goal is to help the residents stay in their homes longer. 


In 2014 and 2015, two third party program evaluations revealed impressive data about the homeowners we have served:

  • 96% feel safer in their home.

  • 69% have had fewer falls.

  • 63% have had fewer flare ups of chronic illnesses.

  • 33% reported lower overall health care costs.  

  • 60% experienced a higher quality of sleep.

  • 20% reported fewer emergency department visits.


In a given year:

  • 100-150 households are served!

  • 40-50% are elderly

  • 50-60% are disabled

  • 65-75% are female heads of household (widows, single moms)

  • 20-25% are children

  • Over 25,000 hours are donated by nearly 1000 volunteers to help them

  • The average cost per home is $3500-5000 


WARM's waiting list hovers around 150-180 households in 3 counties.

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