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 was up and running in the 2021-22 season. WATTS was hosted again at the former First United Methodist Church located at 308 North Braddock Street in Winchester - across from Handley Library. Christ Church served as hosts at the WATTS location the week of February 5-12, 2022. WATTS averaged 30 to 35 guests per night, to include about 5-6 women, in 2022.
Christ Church will host WATTS guests February 4-11, 2023 in our parish hall. Please mark your calendar and plan to volunteer!