New homeless shelter opens in Eau Claire

(WEAU) -Homeless in Eau Claire now have a new place to spend the night.

The Sojourner House held its opening celebration Friday. The shelter, which is located at 618 South Barstow, will provide a place for homeless men and women to stay and will offer programs to help get them back on their feet.

Bishop William Callahan with the Eau Claire Diocese says "This is an opportunity for us to stop and see that we actually are taking this seriously, and looking at the opportunities that are available to us to take care of the poor among us."

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  • by Shauna on Oct 23, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    It is not a celebration of homelessness, it is a celebration of humans helping other humans and treating everyone with dignity and respect. This shelter, believe it or not, can potentially help bring people out of homelessness. When you have less stress about where you can sleep and stay warm, you have a lot more time to think about what you want to do in your life and seek assistance. This shelter is the first step in helping those who are homeless to leave homelessness behind. And Ed, great, I can't wait until a bus comes from Milwaukee to Eau Claire, at least here there are some people to care and help them and care for them, something that is lacking in other parts of our state. Believe it or not people without homes are just like you and me and are looking to be a contributing part of society. Homelessness is not a cake walk, and I do not know one homeless person who wants to continue to be homeless.
  • by Laura on Oct 16, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    Is the new shelter in need of bedding such as new blankets and quilts? Or any other items? If so, when and where can items be dropped off?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    I've been homeless a few times in my life and it was not because of substance abuse, just bad luck or planning on my part. Luckily I had family and friends to help out. Not everyone has that, or will burden them if they do.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    This is a very good thing. Thank you to all who made it possible.
  • by On Point Location: Eau Claire on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    Perhaps I am off-base, but why are we celebrating a homeless shelter. In America, the best and richest country in the world and we are celebrating a homeless shelter? My point is we should insist on reducing homelessness as aggresively as possible. The homeless shelter shows us we only put a bandaid on the homeless problem and not a permanent solution for solving it. Until we get to the root cause, celebrate homelessness by building a new homeless shelter.
  • by anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    every community needs places like these. people need to realize those who are homeless are not always those who have substance abuse problems, especially in today's world. many are families with children, whether you want to realize that or not. the person standing next to you crossing the street downtown could be homeless, maybe they don't look like it, and maybe they do have a job, that doesn't always mean they have a home and a roof over their head. being small-minded and ethnocentric (look it up) won't get this world anywhere.
  • by Ed Location: Eagle River on Oct 15, 2011 at 02:45 PM
    you may want to rethink this idea when a bus load rolls into Eau Claire from Milwaukee to camp out
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      by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:56 PM in reply to Ed
  • by Mike Location: Eau Claire on Oct 15, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    Excellent! This shows Eau Claire sincerely pulls together to care for those in need. Good hearts, good values, and great way to show others this is how a community cares for those in the community.
  • by jimmy on Oct 15, 2011 at 03:39 AM
    Awesome, but kids, you have to be clean and sober to stay there, can you? Big reason many are homeless. Oh, I know all about joblessness and such. We need to go a long way in this country giving everyy man a good shot at a decent life. All men should be able to have a pernament roof over thier heads and be provided honest employment to aquire it, its only civilized, but many don't want to live without the chemicals.
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      by Check It Guy on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM in reply to jimmy
      Nope you don't have to be clean and sober to stay there. One of the biggest drawbacks to this project IMHO
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