Wausau Community Warming Center

The Wausau Warming Center has moved to First United Methodist Church of Wausau  – 903 N 3rd Street, Wausau, WI 54403. This move was because of additional space needed for  to make sure there’s enough room for guests to social distance.

Keep up-to-date with reports from Catholic Charities. We also invite you to join our Wausau Warming Center Facebook group page.

Catholic Charities operates the warming center 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

We rely on Volunteers are needed to keep our centers open.  We know that with the risk of COVID-19 many community members are limited on their volunteer availability; however, the center and those who are currently homeless in our community still need help.  Please review the volunteer opportunities listed and consider how you might be able to help.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Overnight Shifts are currently our biggest need.  During COVID, additional staff have been hired to cover shifts, but volunteer help is always needed and appreciated. 

Our current shifts:
9pm – 12:30 am
12:30 – 6:30 am
6:30 – 8:00 am
While these are the shifts we need to fill, any volunteer help you can give would be appreciated.  If you would like to learn more on how to become a volunteer please call Tracy Rieger at 608-519-8069.  Thank you!

Guest Needs for 2020
We appreciate your support given to the Warming Center and our guests! Donations can be dropped off at 540 S 3rd Avenue in Wausau. DO NOT DROP OF DONATIONS AT THE FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  STORAGE IS LIMITED!  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

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