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A new, temporary men's shelter has been proposed for opening at St. Matthias Episcopal Church from now through April. Present shelters are overcrowded and this would free up room for families at the Hebron shelters.
Only problem, besides the necessary permit and variance, is the newspapers don't agree on hours of operation.
Tuesday's Journal Sentinel: Plans call for the east-side shelter to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, until April 30.
Tuesday's Freeman: The new shelter, which will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week, got a boost from the United Way in the form of a $20,000 allocation to pay for a staff person, Juno said.
I know from the Freeman's much more in depth article that the shelter will be open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and not 24 hours. Darryl Enriquez in his Waukesha FYI blog also gets it right.
But where do homeless guys go during the day? Salvation Army's policy is to also have men leave around 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning, though the families in Hebron shelters are not required to leave like that. Jobs are highly encouraged at all shelters. Having guys hang out in a shelter all day doesn't help get them out job hunting. But where do they go; for a job in this economy; during weekends; holidays, when your workplace or warm areas like the library are closed?
Please don't take the roof over your head for granted. And try to be mindful of the less fortunate. They could be us someday.