The Comfort of Home WARM volunteers make houses safer and more accessible in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Story by Heather Lowery
Alleviating other people’s hardships
generates a feeling of warmth felt like no other. Jeannie Cariker “JC” Skane experiences this emotion often. As executive director for the nonprofit Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM), she witnesses small miracles taking place through hard work, dedication and gratitude. WARM’s focus is on repairing the homes of low-income families, many of whom are elderly and/or have disabilities. Its mission is to make these homes safe, accessible and healthy, helping their owners gain more independence and stay in their homes longer. 76
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WARM began in 1996 as a disaster-relief service to help those affected by Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Started by the Wilmington District of the United Methodist Church, its volunteers focused on helping people rebuild after the storm. The volunteers soon realized that it was not only the destruction from hurricanes they were encountering, but also homes in desperate need of repair prior to these natural disasters. “Volunteers could see that they had come across a social disaster as well,” Skane says. Answering the call to improve substandard housing in the area, WARM continued its mission after the hurricanes and
Life in northern Brunswick County, NC for fall 2016.