Agencies band together after Starting Points, Inc. closure

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- The community of Chippewa Falls is picking up the pieces after an area non-profit announces its closing its doors.

The Chippewa County Administrator says late last week Starting Points, Inc. a homeless shelter and resource center, announced it would close because of budget cuts.

The Chippewa County administrator called the closure of Starting Points, Inc. is a major loss for Chippewa Falls. But the county along with dozens of organizations and churches are working to fill the void.

“Starting Points ran into some financial difficulty in relations to how their programs were not being operated but financially managed,” Chippewa County Administrator Frank Pascarella said.

Pascarella says it was late last week that he found out the doors of Starting Points would be closing for good.

“They provided a high level of service and in doing so it was all labor intensive in meeting the needs of the homeless and others,” he added.

Pascarella says the high level of service provided by Starting Points lead to its financial shortfall, now it’s up to the county and the community to fill the void.

“We are looking at an interim plan. That plan is to maintain what we call Agnes' Table for the next six months,” Pascarella said. “We also have another benefactor that is going to fund equipment or materials that we can provide to the homeless and those in need.”

Right now there are plans in place for area churches and organizations to provide temporary funding to keep providing hot meals to those who need them, but the future of providing housing to those who need it is still up in the air.

“We do know that Starting Points plans to put their shelter up for sale at some point,” he added.

The Chippewa County Department of Human Services says there are two other agencies available for individuals or families in need of emergency housing assistance.
Those resources are the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. and Workforce Resources. You can find more information on both of the organizations on the right-hand side of the screen under Related Links.

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