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Ribbon cutting for Marshfield transitional shelter for families with children

Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter ribbon cutting ceremony 3/27/14 in Marshfield, WI.  Photo: Terry Pezl-WSAU
Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter ribbon cutting ceremony 3/27/14 in Marshfield, WI. Photo: Terry Pezl-WSAU
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) A new transitional shelter for families with children in Marshfield is ready to welcome its first residents following a ribbon-cutting Thursday morning.

Brittany Boyer is the new director of the Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter, and she expects it to be a busy place by spring.  She says they still need volunteers to staff the facility. According to Boyer, “We’re in desperate need of volunteers. We need people that want to help us foster hope with the homeless population, help us lead people to success, are empathetic, that just want to give back to their community. Homelessness can happen to anybody.”

Project coordinator Dennis Boucher from St. Vincent de Paul says the shelter broke ground about a year ago with a lot of community support, and now the finished product is ready to welcome those families with children that need them.

The new shelter is located just off Veterans Parkway at the corner of Vine and Depot Streets in Marshfield, and can accommodate up to 12 families at a time.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the story of how the shelter came to be, as well as an official blessing of the facility. Staffing volunteers and around $40,000 in monetary donations are still needed, and you can get involved by going to their website.

(You can listen to the ribbon cutting ceremony on our website, with the link above.)

 

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