Homeless for the Holidays

As we head towards the end of 2020, we reflect on what a challenge this year has been. Not only did our community face the challenge of providing compassionate service to those experiencing homelessness, but filling the need for increased space to offer safe, social distancing. In March, on a moment’s notice, our community responded to the call!

La Crosse Warming Center
We ended the 2019-2020 Warming Center season by moving to a different location that helped us follow the ‘Safer at Home’ order to those without a home. We kept our center open an extra month and offered 24/7 service. This surround service allowed us to develop deeper relationships with many of our guests and work with them towards more permanent housing. With your help we were able to house most of our guests before the center closed for the season. Over the summer we continued to work towards housing those in need and offering laundry and shower services in the interim.

Eau Claire Sojourner House
With the help of the City of Eau Claire, we were able to relocate our services to the Hobbs Community Arena. This location allowed us to collaborate with others to follow the ‘Safer at Home’ order to those without a home. Providing this service not only kept our guests safe, but helped keep the community safe as well. It also allowed us time to develop deeper relationships with many of our guests and work with them towards more permanent housing. Over the summer we continued to work towards housing those in need and offering laundry and shower services.

Wausau Warming Center
We ended the 2019-2020 Warming Center season by moving not once, but twice, to locations that helped us follow the ‘Safer at Home’ order to those without a home. We kept our center open an extra month and offered 24/7 service. This surround service allowed us to develop deeper relationships with many of our guests and work with them towards more permanent housing. With your help, we were able to house most of our guests before the center closed for the season. Over the summer we continued to work towards housing those in need and offering laundry and shower services in the interim.

We invite you to partner with us in providing this important service to so many in our community. During this time, most of us have a space to stay safe. We need you to continue partnering with us in providing for those who don’t. You can help keep ALL our neighbors and community healthy and safe this holiday season. Blessings to you this Holiday Season! Stay healthy, stay safe!