Marshfield Shelter Helps Homeless Families Transition Back to Permanent Housing

Sarissa Strunk has been trying to find a permanent home for months.

"I have been in very temporary housing since my son was born, jumping from place to place," Strunk said.

Since April, she and her nine month old son have been staying at the Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter in Marshfield to get back on her feet.

"This is a place for stability and we can get our stuff together," Strunk said. "We can save enough money to get out, and it's really nice to have."

The shelter enables homeless families to eventually transition back into permanent housing. Help includes getting participants on food share, assistance in job searches and applications, as well as life skill classes.

"Everybody that has left us has secured either permanent housing or some type of income," Shelter Director Brittany Boyer said. "When they finally leave here, they are overjoyed and excited to be out on their own and to be able to provide to their children, sometimes in a way that they've never been able to before."

Homelessness is a problem that often goes unnoticed, Boyer said.

"Marshfield is small. And we don't see people that are homeless usually sitting on the corner holding up signs, or asking for money, so it's very hidden and we don't realize that it's a problem," she said.

With the shelter now running at full capacity, Boyer is asking the community to help out by donating or volunteering.

"People can donate personal hygiene products, and they can help us by donating money. We love help anywhere that it comes from, any time of the day. We'll take it," she said.

To donate or volunteer, call 715-384-6555 or visit

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