A chilly wet day in North Central Wisconsin makes many of us grateful for the roof over our head. But some people in out community aren't as lucky. That's why last year Wausau opened the very first community warming shelter at St. Paul's Community Center downtown. Now the shelter is preparing to open its doors again, this time at a brand new location.
If you live in Wausau, you probably recognize the building as the location of the Republican headquarters during the election season. Now it's being transformed to help our homeless. While the doors won't open until November 1st, the community got a sneak peak on Friday.
The building renovations are done and it's time to move! But before any furniture can be moved into place, a housewarming party complete with a visit from Bishop Callahan, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.
"Each one of us have a particular need. Each one of us could be that homeless person who needs this place. So as we recognize that, let's reach out and help those who are already in those kinds of sad situations and try to do away with this," Bishop Callahan tells NewsChannel 7.
After a short service, the Bishop blessed the new facility, something Warming Center Coordinator Diane Borchardt says is such an honor.
"It's a wonderful thing to have this building blessed," Borchardt explains. "We're all very faithful people and what he said today in his Homily was so true about every one of us is a need of some kind. So it's just a very big honor."
In addition to providing room for more than 10 chairs for visitors to sleep in, the new facility also includes showering and laundry facilities.
The building will also house office for Catholic Charities, the organization that operated the warming center.
The big move will officially take place next week.
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