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The Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission is an incorporated coalition of faith groups in coordination with multiple local public/private social agencies committed to the critical needs of the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless. GWOM provides a long-term, in-depth "Restoration Process" modeled after the 3E Restoration Process which encourages, equips, and empowers a "Friend-In-Need" toward self-sufficiency. Through the 3E Restoration Curriculum coupled with a formal network of caring relationships and partnerships, the "Restoration Process" leads the "Friend-In-Need" to permanent residence and social/economic stability."
The Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission is one of the largest gatherings and most unified ministries in the City of Williamsburg, James City & York County faith communities. In August 2012, GWOM restructured its membership to focus on two critical areas of its mission to the homeless:
Founding GWOM Chair David Benedict Passes the Baton
At the January meeting of the Greater Williamsburg Outreach Mission (GWOM), the former Board of Directors Chair, David Benedict (Seated left), presents the new Board Chair just elected, Shannon Woloszynowski, with a framed copy of the 2012 certificate of incorporation, establishing GWOM as a non-profit interfaith organization dedicated to assisting the homeless. Shannon is the Social Ministry Director at St. Bede Catholic Church. Others elected to continue as Officers of GWOM are Carl Gerhold, Vice-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer Helen Hansen. Also present are representatives of GWOM members from 21 faith groups that are collaborating on permanent solutions to end homelessness in the Williamsburg area.
Permanent Housing Solution
Produced by one of the GWOM member faith groups, this shows the great results from application of the 3E Restoration Process which GWOM is now piloting for extension to other member faith groups. Pastor Fred Liggin of Williamsburg Christian Church is heading up this pilot project on behalf of GWOM.
This entails long-term assistance for obtaining permanent housing with essential “wrap-around” services for those struggling with all the conditions of homelessness. An in-depth “Restoration Process” provides a formal network of caring relationships and partnerships, modeled after the “3E” emphasis of encouraging, equipping, and empowering “Friends in Need,” that will result in permanent residence and social/economic stability. Persons interested in GWOM’s unique “Restoration Process” to end homelessness are invited to join in this growing partnership among congregations and public/private so-cial service organizations attempting to make the City of Williamsburg, James City and York Counties a better community in which all can live. GWOM holds an open, public meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Details can be found HERE.
Systemic ChangeThe emphasis addresses the many kinds of systemic factors that force people into homelessness or prevent them from re-entering society. GWOM is committed to changing those systems that work against the well-being and basic needs of our most vulnerable citizens.