The Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless ( WACH) originated in 2001 as an outreach of several Wareham churches that were feeding the homeless and near homeless in “soup kitchens”, many of which remain in operation today. It was clear that many individuals and families were living in substandard conditions including motels, campgrounds, the woods, and automobiles.
Incorporated in 2002, WACH opened the Turning Point day resource center in a small office located at the Church of the Nazarene with the following mission statement: WACH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian, volunteer, community based organization whose goal is to empower those challenged with the issues of homelessness and near homelessness by providing confidential, supportive, and educational services. We pledge to help those help themselves.
Today, Turning Point provides the following services:
- utility and rental assistance
- use of telephones and a temporary mailing address
- housing and employment information
- referrals to emergency shelters, clothing sources, and agencies that can meet other
specific client needs
- emergency food supplies
- other forms of assistance as required to address client needs
The Baby Point program was initiated in 2006, as an outgrowth of Turning Point’s services, to assist families with the needs of their infants and babies. The program provides free diapers and wipes to income qualified families once each month.
Turning Point is operated by an all volunteer staff of 16 individuals. A Program Coordinator, provided by Father Bill’s & Mainspring under the terms of a Management Agreement which defines a strategic partnership between WACH and FB&MS, furnishes supervision, training and mentoring to the volunteer staff. WACH has a 20 member board of directors.
Kathy McAdams, Director
Kathy McAdams was most recently the Manager of Father Bill’s Place, a shelter for homeless adults in Quincy, MA. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Ecclesia Ministries common cathedral, an outdoor church and street ministry in Boston, amassing more than a decade of work with un-housed persons. As an Episcopal Priest, she brings a breadth of experience in leading congregations, organizations and programs, as well as working with volunteers, clergy and other community leaders.