Volunteers Help Put Homeless Shelter on Track for Feb. Opening

Progress on the Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter in Marshfield has been astonishing. What just four months ago was little more than a wood frame is now almost complete. The shelter, which will provide temporary housing to homeless families in Wood County, has made such quick progress thanks to dedicated volunteers helping with all aspects of the construction process.

"We have had a lot of volunteers come in and help out with stuff. In fact, last weekend we painted the whole building, all the rooms, in two days." says project leader Dennis Boucher.

While outside help from contractors has been necessary for some aspects of the construction process, others have been able to be completed by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers. Something that saves both time and money.

"We have been very fortunate to get people in the community that have a specialty in a certain area that have volunteered their time when we needed them. " Boucher says.

The transitional shelter is expected to open some time in February. St. Vincent de Paul has raised more than $650,000 to build the facility.

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