Volunteers Needed for Construction of Transitional Shelter in Marshfield

The sounds of hammers, drills and saws fill the air at the construction site of Marshfield's first homeless shelter for families.

"Currently in Marshfield there's only a place for single people called Mary's Place," St. Vincent DePaul Marshfield Board President Dennis Boucher explains. "So if a couple goes there they have to stay in separate rooms and there's no families with kids allowed there."

The $1.2 million project is back on schedule after getting a late start thanks to weeks of rain back in spring. Crews hope to have the Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter open to families by Christmas, but Boucher says whether or not they make it will all depend on the weather and volunteers.

When our cameras stopped by, the all volunteer crew, organized by Habitat for Humanity, was busy erecting the last two walls of the shelter. They hope to complete all the sheeting this weekend and get the trusses in place sometime next week. Boucher tells us one the exterior is complete the weather won't be as big of a factor.

"That would be my hope to at least get half of it open before Christmas." He says. "We can always work on the other half during the winter time."

Crews broke ground on the project back in March. The new shelter will provide a temporary transitional home environment, transportation, job skill training, clothing and assistance for up to 14 families once fully functional.

Financing for the project is still about $150,000 short. But Boucher feels sure that the money will come through as soon as the community sees progress is being made. He tells NewsChannel 7 their immediate need now is volunteers.

"There's so much need of people just getting lumber and doing stuff they don't have to have any skills really," Boucher chuckles.

Workdays are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Many of the materials being used for the shelter have been donated by area businesses, but they are still looking for someone to supply siding.

If you're interested in volunteering or donating you are asked to call Dennis Boucher ar (715) 305-5619 or email him at dennismarshfield@yahoo.com.

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