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Day By Day Warming Shelter Opens in Oshkosh

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Thanks to the efforts of congregations and individuals affiliated with ESTHER in Oshkosh, those with no place to go in that community will have a place in which to stay warm and dry overnight when the weather turns bad. The Day By Day Warming Shelter, located at the St. Peters site (449 High Avenue) of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, is hosting the shelter from the second week of October through the second week of April, and will provide dinner, breakfast, and a warm, safe place to stay overnight for 15 to 20 people. The shelter held an open house on October 24 during its first week of operation.

The opening of the shelter marked the culmination of nearly two years of effort to discern the need, enlist community support, find a location, and begin operations.

Planning for the shelter began in December of 2009, when ESTHER started engaging faith communities and individuals to discern the need for a warming shelter in Oshkosh, so serve those who do not qualify for emergency shelters such as Father Carr's or the Christine Ann Center. Community meetings were held in the summer and fall of 2010, where broad community support for the center became clear. When Fr. Jim Jugenheimer of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish offered a space to house the shelter, work began to create a not-for-profit corporation to operate it, secure funding, and enlist volunteers.

For more information about the shelter, visit its website at

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