March 6, 2020

History & Staff

Our History

The Culpeper Winter Heat Shelter began in 2008 by the efforts of six local Pastors. Churches took turns one week at a time hosting homeless individuals. In 2016, the shelter found a season long home at St. Lutheran Church, 1100 N. Main Street.

The overnight shelter can accommodate up to 20 men and 9 women. Approximately 70 to 80 homeless adults are served annually, typically providing up to 2500 bed nights and serving over 8,000 meals. It continues to be a collective effort of over 20 areas church congregations, local businesses, individual donors, and non-profit foundations.

In 2019, a daytime campus began operating its doors to registered shelter guests on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Reformation Lutheran Church, 601 Madison Road, Culpeper, VA 22701. Limited dental services are offered courtesy of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation and the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic.

Charitable tax deductible monetary donations can be sent to:
CWHS
P.O. Box 1262
Culpeper, VA 22701 



Our Staff & Management Committee

Bill SchlegelSt. Luke LutheranTreasurer
Chuck DuncanReformation LutheranDay Shelter Manager
Rev. Ludwell BrownMt. Calvery HaywoodMember
Jenny BichéAssociation of Social Work BoardsMember
Rachel RenoSt. Luke LutheranVice Chair
Marty Bywaters-BaldwinGoodwillSecretary
Ed CarriganSt. Stephen’sMember
Nancie HowdenCulpeper United MethodistChair
Kathy HarrisRemington BaptistVolunteer Coordinator
Julie Gooch-SmithLifepointMember
Kim MarceyShelter StaffShelter Supervisor
Dixie AikenShelter StaffShelter Supervisor
Nancy PerkinsShelter StaffCase Manager
Colleen VespermanCentral Entry-FHNMember