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is to provide a safe, temporary, overnight, cold-weather shelter for homeless guests at host sites in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties, Virginia

Cooling Center

Now open and located at Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 South Cameron Street, Winchester. Enter at the Cork Street door. Beverages and snacks provided. Free lunch on Fridays at noon.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Wednesday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Thursday 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday and Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday Closed

Hours extended during inclement weather.

Battlefield Half Marathon & Relays

November 6th, 2021 | 8:00am

Join Us and Volunteer

WATTS is grateful to work with so many caring individuals, families, churches, organizations, and corporations. Their tireless service helps our care for the needy reach beyond what we could ever achieve on our own.

We need your partnership

The WATTS program is driven by our mission to offer a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals in the Winchester, VA region during the cold weather months. Direct program support for WATTS is dependent on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, church, and civic groups. WATTS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

Become a good neighbor in the truest sense by helping WATTS provide shelter to the neediest of our neighbors.
  • $30.00 shelters 1 guest for 1 night
  • $240.00 shelters 1 guest for 1 week
  • $900.00 shelters 1 guest for 1 month
  • $4200.00 shelters 1 guest for the season

In Their Own Words

WATTS is a lifesaver – I feel safe and have met new friends. I really don’t know where I would be without WATTS – lonely and hungry for sure. Just the fact that you remembered my name means a lot. I will get my SSI in August, hope to get my knees fixed and get a job and my own place. It has been 3 years since I lost my job and house – WATTS has helped me get through this time – I have hope.
WATTS gives us a degree of hope and worth – hopelessness and uselessness are predominant feelings when you are in this situation – to see the human generosity and Christian charity among the WATTS volunteers gives a feeling of hope and worth. WATTS has kept me safe – it is really rough out in the woods and not always safe. WATTS is really a good program – I am nourished and kept warm and WATTS gives many of us a feeling of belonging when we are often treated as outcasts.
Without the help of WATTS I may not be living right now – I’m not sure I would have made it this far through the cold. WATTS was there when I was down and out – they helped me through some days when I could not help myself. After the shelter closes I will be stable, I have a job and have been able to save some money. Yes, WATTS has truly been a blessing – it has helped me in so many ways.
If it wasn’t for WATTS I would have froze to death a couple of times. WATTS is really great, for all of these volunteers to give their time up to help us means a LOT to everyone in the program. Thank you for all you do.

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