Karl’s Place

Singles Shelter and Housing Services

450 E Water Street, West Bend

 

What is the Singles Shelter?

The singles shelter is a stand-alone facility available to men and women at risk of  homelessness in Washington County. It provides shelter to individuals age 18 and older. The singles shelter does not accept sex offenders or those with a recent history of violent crime within the past 2 years..

The singles shelter is located on a two-acre parcel of land donated by Washington County.

Safe Shelter, Caring Staff, Housing Solutions

Homeless Services Shelter

The shelter has rooms to serve up to 14 men and women and will have separate common areas for each gender. Common areas offer laundry/shower facilities and a large kitchen/living room area.

Supportive Housing

There will be four 1-bedroom units, each with a living room, kitchen/dining room, bedroom and full bath available for men moving out of shelter.

Supportive Services Space

This area, accessible to shelter and housing guests, is for case management, computers for job and housing search, training and meeting space.

 

Addressing Community Needs

 Family Promise of Washington County, Inc. has taken the lead on opening a shelter for men and women who are at risk of homelessness in Washington County.

The singles shelter addresses this dangerous gap, bringing together shelter, meals, basic health services, and quality case management for individuals at risk of homelessness in Washington County.

“There is an urgent need to provide care and assistance to improve the circumstances of homeless men and women in Washington County.”said Josh Schoemann, County Administrator

Safety – Immediate access to food and shelter.

Health – Assessment and access to basic physical and behavioral health services.

Income – Connection to employment opportunities.

Family – Address situations to improve family relationships.

The singles shelter is a safe place for homeless single men and women to rebuild their lives. It is staffed by caring individuals who treat the residents with dignity, empathy and respect. More than a roof over someone’s head; this program strives to move individuals from homelessness to permanent housing.  Our case management provides the glue that holds clients accountable to work on their goals of increasing income and obtaining permanent housing.

Family Promise will work diligently to ensure individuals secure safe, stable housing and increase their income upon exit of the program.

How this project became a reality

The shelter opened in February 2018.   A comprehensive capital campaign was established with a goal of raising $1.5 million dollars. This included $1 million for construction of the 7,053 square foot facility and $500 thousand for two years of operating support. This will ensure Family Promise has the necessary funds to continue operations while an ongoing fund development plan is established.

This project wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support of our community.  

We would like to thank our growing list of contributors:

WCCF Home Funds  · Society of St Vincent de Paul  · Tim and Tonnie Schmidt Community Fund · United Way of  Washington County · Delta Defense  · The West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Charitable Fund  · Prescott Family Foundation · Greater Milwaukee Foundation · Ziegler Family Foundation  · Oscar C. & Augusta Schlegel Foundation · West Bend Community Foundation · The Salvation Army · National Exchange Bank Foundation  · WHEDA Foundation · Washington County · Froedtert Healthy Community Fund ·Thomas J Rolfs Family Foundation  · The Grainger Foundation · Principal Solutions LLC · Our  Savior’s Lutheran Church · Green Bay Packers Foundation ·  First Bank Financial Centre · We Energies Foundation · GMAR Kettle Moraine Council  · Educators Credit Union · Kettle Moraine Appliance & Sleep Center · Optimist Club West Bend  · Commerce State Bank · Mantz Automation · Manitou Group, Gehl Company · Bob’s Main Street Auto & Towing Inc · SSA Sales Group  · Friends of the Shelter.