Coronavirus – Program and Event Updates

WE ARE BACK IN OUR OFFICES PROVIDING SERVICE! However we continue to work towards offering the best service while at the same time providing a safe environment for our staff and those we serve. We continue to monitor the situations and will make adjustments as necessary. If you need assistance, please call our toll free service number 888-212-4357 or the local office closest to you.

Local hospitals and health organizations continue to advise us to follow standard practices, i.e., wash your hands for 20 seconds, sneeze or cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face. Sanitizing stations have been set up at each office location. Staff are monitoring temperatures as we enter our buildings.  Facemasks are being worn in common work space.

We will be using this page to keep you informed on training or event changes, volunteer updates, and facility notices.

Keeping Christ’s Love Active During COVID-19!
Our Disability Services Program, which provides services to adults and students reopened the program on June 1st. They have implemented infections procedures to protect both clients and staff. Learn more on our Disability Services webpage.

The Driftless Pass School starts their Summer School Program on June 15.

Both Programs. through the continued use of face masks, face shields, and gloves, and with the addition of specially made tables to help shield each student while working, look forward to once again be back in the classroom offering services to our families and students.

Community Homeless Facilities – Warming Centers and Sojourner House!
The Wausau and La Crosse Warming Centers have closed for the season.

The Sojourner House in Eau Claire is still providing daily service at the Hobb’s Ice Arena and collaborating with Positive Avenues, a Lutheran Social Services Day Service. We continue to provide a 24/7 service to the homeless in Eau Claire and the surrounding community.

Sojourner House reopened its doors during the day to offer service with showers and laundry.

COVID-19 OUTREACH THROUGH ST. LAWRENCE COMMUNITY SERVICES
St. Lawrence Community Services (SLCS) staff members have continued to try to meet the needs of our community through phone conferencing and online correspondence. In the first quarter of the year, January 1 through March 31, SLCS provided over $79,000 in direct financial aid and brief services. They assisted with rent and utility payments, connected them with brief services, and offered case management on how to use their resources to sustain a more financially stable household.

We have reopened our office doors and have staff available to offer services; however it is through appointment only. Please call 888-212-4357 to request assistance. We will be implementing safety barriers to ensure the safety of our team and those we serve. 

We know that so many in our community are experiencing illness, job loss, and change in income. We are here to make sure there is food on your table, electricity for your home, and relief during this difficult time. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us at 888-212-4357 and ask for a St. Lawrence Community staff member. Please listen to the message as it will prompt you to be connected with the correct department.

You may also request services by emailing a request to info@cclse.org. Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate department. 

JOIN OUR EFFORTS! If you would like to join us in this continued support, we would appreciate your donation. Your gift will help us keep our clients safe when our office doors re-open, continue to work with those we recently housed, andhelp with future requests that come through our door.  Thanks for your support and stay healthy! 

During this pandemic Catholic Charities is working hard to continue providing services while following national and state guidelines. Our Community Warming Centers and the Sojourner House in Eau Clair are still open; however, services are being amended to keep all volunteers, staff, and guests safe. Other programs are also adjusting services to limit face-to-face contact. Many of the services we provide we are able to provide online or over the phone. Please review specific program notices below. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed.

Catholic Charities Notice – 3.12.2020
St. Lawrence Community Services
Sojourner House Notice 3.16.2020
Sojourner House Notice 3.18.2020
Press Release- La Crosse Warming Center Location Change 3.22.2020

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity – USSCB
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
     We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
     We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
     We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions 
between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
     We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
     We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decision makers,
     We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign
of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.
Amen.