This page was designed to provide information for the media.
Please scroll down for high resolution photos.
 
About WARM
The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) began in 1996 in response to hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Volunteers from across the country were organized by leaders of the Wilmington District of the United Methodist Church (now called the Harbor District) to repair the damaged homes of low income and elderly residents.
 
While responding to the natural disaster, volunteers noticed that much of the damage predated the storms and discovered a social disaster: substandard housing. Poor and elderly homeowners just could not afford costly repairs and were at risk of home accidents, fires, and displacement due to the condition of their home.
 
Now, WARM brings together volunteers and funders to make urgent repairs and accessibility upgrades for the very low-income homeowners of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties, many of whom are elderly or disabled.  Our work makes homes safer and lowers the risk of:
  • Falls, fires, and other home accidents
  • Illness due to in-home environmental hazards
  • Home displacement due to life-threatening safety hazards and debilitating injuries
To qualify for services, the home must be owner occupied and total household income must not exceed 50% of the median for the county of residence. A home assessment is conducted to identify risks to safety, health, and independence. Referrals are made to other agencies as needed. The goal is to help the residents stay in their homes longer. 
 
In 2014 and 2015, two third party program evaluations revealed impressive data about the homeowner we have served:
  • 96% feel safer in their home.
  • 69% have had fewer falls.
  • 63% have had fewer flare ups of chronic illnesses.
  • 33% reported lower overall health care costs.  
  • 60% experienced a higher quality of sleep.
  • 20% reported fewer emergency department visits.
In a given year:
  • 80-105 households are served!
  • 40-50% are elderly
  • 50-60% are disabled
  • 65-75% are female heads of household (widows, single moms)
  • 20-25% are children
  • Over 12,000 hours are donated by 500-600 volunteers to help them
  • The average cost per home is $3500-5000 
WARM's waiting list hovers around 100-120 households in 3 counties.
 
Photos for the Press
Click "view album" to save photos and view descriptions. 
 
 
 


WARM Spokesperson
JC Skane
Executive Director 
910.540.5326 (direct)
 
Jeannie Cariker "JC" Skane has served as the Executive Director of Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) for over 6 years. 

Skane’s career includes 10 years in real estate and land development. During that time, she was active in her church and local nonprofits, especially those related to housing. She led several disaster recovery mission teams in the southeastern US and Biloxi, Mississippi and spent four months on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas helping build the capacity of a home repair ministry.

In 2009, Skane was ready to shift gears to a role that was more aligned with her call to serve low-income families in housing crises. WARM has been the perfect fit and the organization has more than doubled the number of households served annually since she took the helm. 
 
In 2012, Skane was named 
Wilma Magazine's Woman to Watch in the Nonprofit Category.
 
In 2014, she accepted
WARM’s Coastal Entrepreneur Award in the Nonprofit Category from the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
 
Skane has led workshops at the statewide conferences of the NC Center for Nonprofits and the NC Housing Coalition. She served as the president of Cape Fear Housing Coalition 2012-2014 and graduated from Leadership Wilmington in 2014.
 
Above all, she gives glory to God for doing more through WARM than she could ever ask or imagine.