We are very excited to announce that as of October 5th, our Sojourner House overnight services have moved to a new location at 1031 W. Clairemont Avenue. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) at this new location, Sojourner on Clairemont. LSS will provide crisis care and community services coordination to guests during the day.
The Sojourner House, located at 618 S. Barstow IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. All overnight services have been moved to 1031 W. Clairemont Avenue. The Sojourner on Barstow is looking for new staff and will reopen for day services after the Thanksgiving holidays. After Thanksgiving, we will be open on Monday and Wednesdays, from 10 am to 1 pm, to offer hygiene services to those who are homeless. Staff and volunteers will be available to open the facility for shower and laundry facilities. Toiletries will also be made available. Guests will also be able schedule and meet with a staff member to be assessed for housing assistance. Sojourner House Hygiene Services Guide
In order to keep our doors open, we are asking for financial support from the community. Please partner with us in caring for our neighbors experiencing homelessness!
All funds stay in the Eau Claire community.
Monetary Support is always our greatest need; however we understand that everyone has different treasures, time and talent. We can always use additional volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please Check out our Volunteer Page and sign up to become part of the mission. Have access to other in-kind items? Here is our Current Sojourner House Wishlist!
We owe thanks to
- The City of Eau Claire, especially Dale Peters, for the use of the facility.
- Tom Wirth, Eau Claire County, for his assistance in this process.
- The Red Cross for supplying cots for our guests to use and staff to help with the move.
- Chilson Automotive for the use of a vehicle to transport supplies.
- Our many volunteers and staff members who assisted in the transition of our supplies.
We appreciate all the continued local business, church, and organization support that is offered to help the Sojourner House continue to provide service during this COVID-19 pandemic. This larger location will allow us to practice social distancing, which, as we know, lowers the risk of the virus spreading.
We are called to be servants to the Lord, to serve the people of God. “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). Our calling is not to pick and choose whom we’ll serve – man or woman, those who look like us, believe as we believe – but rather to serve all God’s people with dignity and respect. That service can be transforming, life-giving, even redemptive. Jesus encountered so many diverse personalities and needs, and delved deeply into human relationships. So we too try to open our hearts and hands to the many lives that we encounter who are challenged by daily life. Sometimes we’re heartbroken, but most often we’re witnesses to the stone that has been rolled back and the fullness discovered in the empty tomb. The empty tomb is an affirmation by God of this very world; a world of new life that has been transformed and opened to us by the love of Christ. His life, His love is in our hearts and each time we compassionately reach out to another we witness the Risen Christ.
~Deacon Richard Sage
The Sojourner House provides a safe, clean place for adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness; affirms the Christ-like dignity in every individual through compassionate presence, listening, and hospitality; and empowers people to rebuild their lives with the engagement of the greater community. Guests can sleep overnight, shower, wash their clothes, and eat breakfast while ensuring their personal dignity, respect and safety.
The Sojourner House opened its doors on November 1, 2011. We are a year round facility that serves those who are experiencing homelessness from 7 pm in the evening to 8 am in the morning. We can provide sleeping arrangements for up to 36 men and 16 women (capacity of 52). Everyone is welcomed into the shelter as long as they are respectful, kind, and considerate to all other guests, volunteers, and staff. No substances, weapons, or pornography will be permitted on the premises. A core staff is employed by Catholic Charities, with a large supplement of volunteers for support! We are all unique individuals and together we create community!
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We appreciate your support given to the Sojourner House and our guests! Please remember monetary donations are vital to keep the Sojourner House open year round.