History of the Mission
Community of Faith Mission, (COFM) was established in August, 2012 because of a dire need to provide assistance for homeless individuals. The shelter program was conceived by founders Kathy Banfield and Renee Collins through the Homeless Ministry at Saint Bede Catholic Church. The faith community quickly came together to support the mission. In November 2012, COFM successfully launched its first season of winter emergency shelter offering 12 weeks of shelter to meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless in the greater Williamsburg Area.
In 2013, COFM became governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a diverse group of individuals from the faith community and other community professionals. COFM expanded the number of weeks offered from 12 to 18 weeks. COFM has the support of many county and city officials as well as community partners and individuals.
In 2015, COFM implemented a part-time Shelter Manager position to provide nightly support to all Host and Shelter Partners and to assure consistency is maintained in shelter operations.
Effective, August, 2016 the all volunteer board of directors hired an Executive Director to ensure the long term sustainability of the shelter program.