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Latter-day Saint Charities Partners with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County in Wisconsin to Provide Transitional Housing for the Homeless

 

By - Apr 2nd, 2021 01:13 pm

[Bayside, WI – April, 8th, 2021] – In partnership with the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, Latter-day Saint Charities is helping create an opportunity to transition the homeless into permanent housing.

The St. Francis de Sales Seminary provided the Clare Hall facility, formerly used as a retirement facility for Franciscan sisters of the Catholic Church, to the Health and Human Services Housing Division of Milwaukee County for the project. Latter-day Saint Charities will be providing furnishings for 40 dormitories, scheduled for delivery on April 8th, 2021 as well as an on-site furniture bank and supplies for those moving from Clare Hall to permanent housing.

The long-term vision of both the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County is to use the facility to create an opportunity for up to 40 persons at a time to transition off the street and into a permanent home. Guests are literally picked up off the street, housed, fed, clothed, given job training in a kitchen and prepared to own their own modest home. The goal is for residents to leave the facility with a housing voucher, a modest set of furniture and some basic supplies.

“During His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ fed the hungry and clothed the naked.  He provided hope to mankind.  We are grateful for His example as we contribute to the Milwaukee community,” said Elder Thomas Priday, an area leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The Catholic Church is always looking to join with others in serving the needs in our community,” Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki said.  “This is another way the Church defends life and lives out its Gospel call to love one another.  We welcome working with Latter-day Saint Charities in this corporal work of mercy to the benefit of those most in need.”

Clare Hall is currently being used as a facility for homeless persons diagnosed with COVID-19 who have been discharged from the hospital but have nowhere to live. Additional rooms will be available to others in need beginning later in 2021. As the initial supply of transitional furniture and supplies is exhausted, the community will coordinate local efforts to keep the furniture bank stocked with donated items.

The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services supports individuals throughout the county with accessing and maintaining housing. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee covers 4,758 square miles in southeast Wisconsin. Its mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Latter-day Saint Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sponsoring relief and development projects in 195 countries and territories and gives assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. Latter-day Saint Charities follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted.

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