Catholic Charities Sojourner House is still providing shelter at the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center/O’Brien Rink located at 915 Menomonie Street, Eau Claire. Working collaboratively with Positive Avenue, Lutheran Social Services Day Center, the facility will be open 24/7 to provide a “safer-at-home” environment for those who are experiencing homelessness.
UPDATE – 5.13.2020
The Sojourner House, located at 618 S. Barstow, has reopened its doors 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
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 continuing to seek for volunteers that can help us keep the shelter open and provide services to the homeless.
Keep current with reports from the Sojourner House during this Pandemic. Regular updates will be posted. We also invite you to join our group on Facebook to keep up to date. Thank you for your service.
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!
Interested in Volunteering? Check out our Volunteer Page!
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING IN-KIND DONATIONS AT THIS TIME. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR DESIRE TO CONTINUE TO HELP OUR GUEST.
HOWEVER WE ARE IN NEED OF MONETARY DONATIONS. Make a monetary donation today!
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.
2020 Guest Specific Needs:
Bus passes – Biggest Need!
Sojourner House Supply Needs:
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Garbage Bags (13 Gallon & 55 Gallon)
Coffee (Caffeinated & Decaf)