‘Help for the Homeless’ Hygiene Drive Seeks Collection Sites
Local Crisis Agencies to Benefit from Hygiene & Cleaning Product Donations
Appleton, Green Bay, Wausau/Stevens Point/Sheboygan WI –91.9/91.5/91.3/88.5 FM The Family: Eighty-nine crisis programs in the Family Radio Networks listening areas will soon be benefitting from The Family’s 27th annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive Feb. 17– March 10. Last spring 900+ businesses, churches and schools collected and donated $411,000 worth of hygiene products to their local crisis programs.
Businesses, churches, schools are now being sought to place a collection box in their high traffic areas for their own members, staff, or students to fill. Donations will remain in the community where they are collected. Cleaning and personal care items such as laundry soap, hair and dental care items, diapers, and bathroom tissue are needed.
A homeless student says “I sometimes stay on couches, in basements, and once last week I slept on two kitchen chairs pushed together. After sleepless nights, having these products can make me feel better, fresher and ready for school…I can feel human again. Plus, I rarely have anything to my name, so having easy access to these items* can make me feel more self-sufficient and like less of a leech” – Homeless student. From Elizabeth Webb, McKinney-Vento Program Coordinator, Green Bay Public Schools (School social workers are encouraged to keep the products donated at their schools to stock their own “care” closets for students in need.)
The Family’s Help for the Homeless works directly with 15 community homeless coalitions to stock the shelves of local crisis programs so that they can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, education, counseling, shelter and food to those they serve. NOTE: Hygiene and cleaning items are not covered by FoodShare (Food Stamps). The goal of Help for the Homeless is to supply a year’s worth of product to each agency.
To request a collection box, call Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364. More info at thefamily.net.
Co-Sponsored in NE & EC Wisc. by Fox 11 WLUK, Festival Foods, Fox Communities Credit Union, McCain Foods, The Shopko Foundation, Allcox and Associates; also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation
Sponsored in Central Wisc. by Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Inc., The Shopko Foundation, and also supported by U.S. Venture Schmidt Family Foundation
Northeast Wisconsin – APPLETON/FOX CITIES: Appleton Area School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Housing Prgm, Apricity, B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Prgm, Boys & Girls Clubs Runaway Youth Svcs, COTS, Harbor House, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Partnership Community Health Ed. Cntr, Pillars: Adult/Adult & Family Shltrs, Housing Solutions, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities, SOAR Fox Cities CHILTON/CALUMET CNTY: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, The Salvation Army, Solutions Cntr GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY: Brown Cnty Human Svcs. Child Protective Svcs, Family Services Crisis Cntr/Open Door Youth Svcs, Family Services Trans. Living Prgm, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Prgm, House of Hope, Howe Resource Cntr, NEWCAP-Permanent Supportive Housing, NEWCAP-Family & Youth Housing, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, St Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army/Ecumenical P’ship for Housing (EPH) Trans. Housing Prgm, Wellspring MANITOWOC: Hope House, Lutheran Social Services Runaway & Youth Svcs, InCourage Domestic Violence Shltr, The Salvation Army, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, Tee Box Trans. Sober Living, Lakeshore CAP Supportive Housing Prgm, Painting Pathways Clubhouse, Southfield Neighborhood Network Learning Cntr, The Crossing NEW LONDON: The Salvation Army OCONTO/MARINETTE: NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Svcs (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Christine Ann, Day by Day Warming Shltr., Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., The Salvation Army SEYMOUR: Community 2000, Seymour Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul SHEBOYGAN: Lutheran Social Services – Runaway & Youth Services (RAYS), Lakeshore CAP, Safe Harbor, The Salvation Army, Sheboygan County Interfaith Org. Bridgeway (SCIO), St Vincent de Paul – Plymouth, Catholic Charities
Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., MARATHON COUNTY/WAUSAU: The Neighbors’ Place, Community Corner Clubhouse, The Open Door Of Marathon Cnty, Community Cntr of Hope, The Salvation Army of Marathon Cnty, MARSHFIELD: St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, The Hannah Cntr, Mary’s Place Boarding House, Shirley’s House of Hope, PDC Orenda Center STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Community Initiatives – Place of Peace WAUPACA: Agape Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., WISCONSIN RAPIDS: The Family Center, (SWEPS) South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf.
About The Family:
The Family Radio Network, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing contemporary Christian music and programming, as well as community outreach support to Central and Northeast Wisconsin since 1969. The Family’s mission is to broadcast the hope of Jesus Christ to strengthen and encourage listeners. The radio network has 10 signals and 4 stations in Wisconsin: 91.9FM WEMI Appleton/Oshkosh, 91.5FM WEMY Green Bay, 91.3FM WSTM Sheboygan, 88.5FM WGNV Wausau/Stevens Point. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.