Catholic Charities operates the warming center year-round opening on November 1st, 2022 and works with United Way and other community organizations to ensure success. The Community Warming Center is an action step of the Wausau Housing and Homelessness Coalition, an initiative of United Way that exists to collaboratively raise community awareness to end homelessness by maximizing and strengthening existing resources, developing new, relevant solutions and creating a seamless delivery of services to end homelessness in Marathon County.

  • Provides a clean, warm and safe environment for up to 25 adult men and women
  • Accepts and encourages guests’ ambitions or hopes
  • Provides a nightly hot meal to our guests
  • Ensures each guest’s personal dignity, safety and respect

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to keep our centers open. Volunteering at the Wausau Warming Center can take many forms. It can include making and serving meals, distributing bedding and clothing, written records of guest information, helping a guest read and understand our policies and procedures, and enjoying the evening. Whatever your schedule permits or comfort level, we have a volunteer opportunity for you!

We are offering some scheduled times to both receive training at the new Warming Center and to simply tour it so you can see what an awesome resource it will be for the community! These training dates and times can be scheduled by contacting Mark. If you would like to visit and see our new shelter, business hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm. Fridays by appointment only. If you would like to sign up for shift, you can simply click on this link and enter in your name. You can also call Mark at 715-849-3311 ext. 1725 or email him at
Guest Needs for 2022
We appreciate your support given to the Warming Center and our guests! Donations can be dropped off at 360 Grand Avenue, Suite 800 in Wausau. Please remember monetary donations are vital to keep our Warming Center open. Make a monetary donation today!
Bottled Water
Breakfast & Soft Granola Bars
Winter/Waterproof Gloves & Boots
Hand & Foot Warmers
Cleaning Supplies
Men's & Women's New Underwear
Fruit and Applesauce Cups
Men's & Women's Thermal Underwear (Tops and Bottoms)
Laundry Soap/Dryer Sheets