WARM began in the early 1970s when volunteers from St. Paul’s Catholic Church created a food pantry, originally known as Paul’s Pantry. Families in need received food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. In the 1980s, ministers from other area churches decided to collaborate rather than have each church work individually. The Westerville Area Ministerial Association adopted this project, and WARM was born.
In 2001, WARM obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as a faith-based social service organization. Today, WARM serves the Westerville City School district, with a current population of approximately 87,000.
WARM provides assistance to individuals residing within the school district who are living at 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines. In addition to providing food and limited financial assistance to families in need, WARM offers a number of programs designed to assist individuals on the road to economic recovery. Our services provide individuals with the necessary tools to promote family stability, improved self-esteem, and self-sufficiency.
By providing “a hand up, not a hand out” through quality programs and services, we facilitate positive change while restoring dignity and hope to truly make a difference in the lives of each individual we serve.