Stories of Hope: The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter or WATTS opened it doors on January 4
In the summer of 2009, leaders from many religious and community groups gathered to explore what, if anything, could be done for homeless persons during the coldest winter months. The community had a Salvation Army and a Rescue Mission that were doing a superb job sheltering persons from the elements and providing them hope to continue. But demand was increasingly outstripping supply. More persons were seeking shelter than there was shelter available.