Sunday, September 25, 2022

Winter Shelter to Host Fundraiser with Soups from Area Restaurants

cofmLocal chefs are giving for a community effort to house and feed those in need.

The Community of Faith Mission, started three years ago by a fellowship of churches rotating a shelter for the homeless during the winter months, is hosting a fundraiser called “Warm Up Williamsburg” that will feature soups from local eateries.

The Fat Canary, Food for Thought, The Cove Tavern, Fresh Market, Second Street Bistro and Plaza Azteca are among those participating in the event, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Guests can enjoy bread and dessert with their soup, along with live music by Zen Mojo.

Members of the Community of Faith Mission take turns hosting the shelter for a week, giving visitors a hot evening meal and place to sleep, as well as breakfast and bagged lunch for the following day.

The mission grew from 12 to 18 weeks for its second season, and also increased the total number of people served from 58 to 86.

As of Jan. 1 for this iteration, eight weeks in, it has assisted 76 people, with higher weekly averages than last year.

Funds from “Warm Up Williamsburg” will support operating costs for bed linens, towels, training and marketing materials, trailer maintenance and other items.

Tickets are $20 each. Reserve a spot online or by mailing a check to COFM, P.O. Box 6357, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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