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A lot of dollars have to be raised, but the lease has been signed. If everything works according to plan the temporary winter shelter for up to 35 men will be operating by mid December.
As if Bernie Juno with Hebron House didn't have enough to do already with the rebuilding and opening of the East Ave. shelter. . . now she's trying to find a source of funding after they didn't get the same grant this year that kept the St. Matthias shelter open last year.
Even though this shelter is only two blocks from my home I'm glad it's finally coming together. If problems arise they will be addressed just like the last two years when many restrictions were implemented. I've read the concerns of some of my neighbors who already have a huber jail in their backyard, but they also have the Waukesha police station and a fire station too.
The shelter will be what we make of it. Would you want to live outdoors in Wisconsin winter? Would you even make your dog?
The former West Suburban Christian Academy building at Northview and Grandview is in the area serviced by my St. Vincent de Paul conference. We will probably be busy with requests for bus tickets, etc., but maybe getting these guys over to this side of town will help them land employment. It's close to WCTC and Workforce Development and close to the freeway. (It's also closer to the county jail.) At least it's out of downtown Waukesha where so many didn't particularly care for it.