The Winchester Rescue Mission (WRM) is one of the designated ministries of Christ Church. Their main building is easy to spot on North Cameron St. because of the wonderful mural on the side of the building. It is the home to approximately 35 men, with another smaller location for eight women. The WRM has purchased a larger building on Valley Ave., with renovation plans to accommodate more men and a few families. When that becomes a reality, the present location will house women.
What does the WRM do? The WRM provides immediate help for the homeless in crisis with shelter, meals, clothing, and supplies to stabilize the situation. Each resident is assigned a case manager who addresses the deeper issues that affect the homeless, such as mental illness, substance abuse, literacy, and financial challenges. They provide an individual plan with achievable goals to help the individual progress towards stability and self-sufficiency. In 2021, 33 individuals were moved from chronically homeless to successfully housed and contributing citizens in our community.
Additionally, the WRM outreach programs include a food pantry serving 1,200 boxes of food per month and community meals serving over 5,000 meals each month. Christ Church parishioners are helping with feeding the WRM residents and Winchester’s hungry. Two groups cook dinner each month on the second Monday and the fourth Tuesday. Additionally, the casserole ministry continues with over 20 parishioners making a casserole every other month for the WRM to use to feed residents and community members. Using the same recipe, each participating parishioner delivers their prepared casserole on a designated Sunday and the dishes are delivered to the WRM at the beginning of each week.
If you would like more information about Christ Church's outreach work with Winchester Rescue Mission, please contact Clare Dame.