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WATTS receives $50,000 donation from local businessman

17 February 2020 Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


A donation of $50,000 was given to the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) by businessman J.J. Smith. Smith, the CEO and president of Valley Proteins, told WATTS he would contribute $50,000 to the nonprofit for every $100,000 the group raises to go toward establishing a permanent shelter.

The WATTS program is driven by their mission to offer a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals in the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties during the cold weather months. WATTS provides adults with shelter and food from November to March. Churches and other organizations take turns hosting the program for one week at a time.

WATTS board of directors is currently exploring all options for the new shelter and want to ensure they have everything in place to complete the project. Donations to WATTS can be made online.

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