The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis opened a warming center in Rice Lake called 'The Family House.'
The Benjamin's House Emergency Shelter neighbors The Family House, but is often at capacity. Salvation Army Social Service Director Duana Bremer has been working with homeless people for over 12 years, and explains how this is the largest amount of homeless folks she has ever dealt with. Every shelter in the area is full.
The Family House can house up to 14 people overnight. Volunteers hope the house can be used as a transition with provided help to find permanent housing and employment in the area.
"This place gives them a place where they can actually sleep and get some normality into their life," St. Vincent de Paul Society Executive Director Jayne Stewart said. "They can come in here and work with resources to try to get them housed wherever possible."
David Librande of St. Vincent de Paul said they work with them to start systematic growth. "We are dealing with a population that isn't ordinarily able to do that," Librande said. "We look at a person. We take them where they are at, whatever level they are at, and try to get them on a new plateau, a new experience in life."
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