Thursday, February 17, 2022

Update: Homeless Shelter Project

The Barron County Dems are helping with the new Salvation Army homeless shelter near Barron (see previous post). The main building will contain single bedrooms, as well as a common room and food service area. The second building is comprised of several larger bedrooms for family units. We have adopted one of these family rooms, and will furnish it when the refurbishing is complete.

Due to infrastructure issues, the opening of the shelter has been delayed until this fall. However, no families have been left out in the cold; the Salvation Army is currently providing emergency housing in area motels for five families.

Although the need for shelter has been met, these families still need certain personal items. We have been asked to donate adult underwear and socks, as well as baby disposable diapers in a variety of sizes. Please contact us to arrange a drop-off time/place.

If you are looking for an opportunity to help with the actual remodeling, there is sheet rock that needs to be removed from the family house walls. This will be a one-day event, and we will be assisted by a couple of Northwood Technical College students. The building is not currently heated, so the project will be dependent on the weather. The work day will probably be at the end of March or beginning of April. Let us know if you would like to be a part of this team.