Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) is a program conducted by congregations in Frederick and Clarke Counties and Winchester to provide warm, safe shelter and nourishment to homeless members of our community during the winter months. WATTS has been very successful. Since its inception, WATTS has grown from eight to 18 host congregations, which significantly increases support to the most vulnerable members of our local homeless community.
WATTS is up and running for the 2020-21 season and, due to Covid-19, it looks different this season. Most significantly, WATTS is being permanently hosted at the former First United Methodist Church located at 308 North Braddock Street in Winchester -across from Handley Library. So while we will not be physically hosting WATTS in the Christ Church Parish Hall in 2021, Christ Church still has a week to serve as hosts at the WATTS location. Our host week this season is February 6—13, 2021. WATTS is averaging 30 to 35 guests per night, to include about 5-6 women. Due to Covid, the WATTS operational procedures are significantly modified and adjustments are still being made based on lessons learned. Volunteers are still needed!