How To Get Involved
All Faith Groups interested in GWOM’s mission to assist our most vulnerable neighbors are invited to join in this growing partnership of faith communities and social service organizations attempting to make the City of Williamsburg, James City County & York County better communities for all to live.
The Harbor is located at the Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Ave., open 10 AM to 2 PM Monday thru Thursday. Volunteers from our 21 GWOM member faith groups staff the Harbor with the assistance of our coordinator, Brenda Tamborini.
GWOM QUARTERLY GENERAL MEETINGS
THURSDAY JULY 21 AND OCTOBER 20
KAUFMAN AND CANOLES CONFERENCE ROOM
3RD FLOOR SUNTRUST BUILDING, NEWTOWN
Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission
P.O. Box 6268
Williamsburg, Va. 23188
Chair – Shannon Woloszynowski – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair – Carl Gerhold – email@example.com
Secretary – Helen Hansen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Jasper Gay – email@example.com
IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE CALL THE COMMUNITY
RESOURCE CENTER AT (757)229-2222 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The purpose of the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, Ltd. (GWOM Ltd.) is to meet the needs of individuals in the Greater Williamsburg area who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or have other basic needs for assistance. GWOM Ltd. serves those areas represented by the faith community in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and the Waller Mill, Queens Lake and Magruder Precincts of Upper York County.
Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit in February, 2012 with seven charter faith group members. Ten others joined that year. Task forces were formed to research needs of our homeless community, and discovered within the first year that resources in our community were inadequate for shelter, housing, and access to services for some of our neighbors. GWOM currently has 22 member faith groups who give generously of time, talent and treasure, along with community partners such as House of Mercy, UWGW CRC, Salvation Army, FISH, and WJCC departments of human services.
GWOM’s first mission was assist to a family using the 3E Restoration Project model. 3E Restoration has received its own 501(c)3 designation and is now a GWOM community partner.
The next mission for GWOM was to plan and operate a day center for our homeless neighbors. With the generous donation of space from Williamsburg House of Mercy (formerly St. Bede Outreach Center) and volunteer participation of our member faith groups, GWOM was able to open the Harbor Day Center at 10 Harrison Avenue, October 12, 2015. Monday through Thursday from 10AM to 2PM, our guests are offered hospitality consisting of a healthy breakfast and lunch, access to showers, restrooms, computers, phone charging stations, storage for belongings, and friendly conversation. House of Mercy assists with permanent housing, supportive services, financial assistance and referral to community agencies and services, as well employment information and budget counseling.
Currently GWOM is undertaking research and development of a family shelter that will be temporary housing for one or two families, who will receive referrals to services needed to access permanent housing.
Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission welcomes all Williamsburg /James City County/ Upper York faith groups to join our mission to assist our most vulnerable neighbors.
GWOM catalyzed the 3E Restoration Process throughout the faith community as we piloted the 3e Restoration Process between our member churches in 2013-14. Founding GWOM Chair David Benedict Passes the Baton 2014
At the January 2014 meeting of the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM), the former Board of Directors Chair, David Benedict (Seated left), presents the new Board Chair just elected, Shannon Woloszynowski, with a framed copy of the 2012 certificate of incorporation, establishing GWOM as a non-profit interfaith organization dedicated to assisting the homeless. Shannon is the Social Ministry Director at St. Bede Catholic Church. Others elected to continue as Officers of GWOM are Carl Gerhold, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer Helen Hansen. Also present are representatives of GWOM members from 22 faith groups that are collaborating on permanent solutions to end homelessneThe purpose of the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission, Ltd. (GWOM Ltd.) is to meet the needs of individuals in the Greater Williamsburg area who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or have other basic needs for assistance. GWOM Ltd. serves those areas represented by the faith community in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and the Waller Mill, Queens Lake and Magruder Precincts of Upper York County.
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