The newest program of the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM) organization is the Greater Williamsburg Community Kitchen whose mission is to support the local food-insecure population. Operational since March 3 at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church at 500 Jamestown Road, a free, hearty mid-day dinner is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm every Friday to anyone who is experiencing a food shortage, including the elderly, homeless, and families.
Direct support for the Community Kitchen comes from the twenty-two local faith group members of GWOM who volunteer to prepare and serve the meals as well as provide meal donations, food and paper products, and financial support.
Critical to the success of the Community Kitchen is its partnership with FISH which contributes non-perishable food supplies that are utilized for the weekly meals. Erase the Need also provides perishable food donations for the meals.
The Harbor Homeless Day Center and the Grace Haven Family Shelter are two other GWOM programs. The Harbor has been operational since October 2015 and is a day center that provides people experiencing homelessness a safe place to go for hot meals, a shower, job assistance, and connections to local resources. The Grace Haven Family Shelter was initiated in May 2017 as an emergency shelter serving homeless families. With the goal of restoring families to dignity and self-sufficiency, the Shelter provides a safe and stable place to live, access to community services, and assistance with job applications and life-skills development.
GWOM is a 501 (c) (3) coalition of faith groups whose goal is to assist with the critical needs of those who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless or have other basic needs for assistance. The organization works to find permanent solutions to move those in need to self-sustainability by working with multiple local public and private social agencies addressing issues such as food, shelter, clothing, employment, health care, and education. To learn more about GWOM and its programs, please visit www.gwoutreachmission.org.
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