In 1989, hurricane Hugo damaged communities and homes in South Carolina. In response, the Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church youth group established the Weatherization and Repair Ministry. The purpose of W.A.R.M. was to assist with home repairs.
Nearly 23 years later, the ministry has grown to include other area churches and nearly 100 volunteers.
"It’s not just the Methodist church anymore -- it’s more of a community project now. I think its somewhere around 15 churches that are involved," said Richard Hagins, one of the site leaders for W.A.R.M.
Hagin’s Sunday School class from Lyttleton Street UMC has volunteered to repair houses for the past three years.
"We enjoy being able to get together and help like this ... we have several in our class that have backgrounds that are well suited for this," said Hagins.
W.A.R.M. partners with the United Way in finding homes to be repaired
"Marie Sheheen gives us those people who have requested help with their house. Then two or three of us go out to get more that one opinion on what needs to be done. We look at the tasks to be done to see whether or not the volunteers can do those tasks," said Hagins of the process.
This year, W.A.R.M. worked to repair nearly 15 houses in the community.