La Crosse lauded for homelessness efforts
Members of the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness, reports La Crosse Tribune, “are girding to fill another vacuum next year;” scheduled to meet next month “to begin deciding whether to make chronic homelessness a top priority, or, perhaps, families who are homeless.” Sister Karen Neuser and Sandy Brekke are acknowledged among the “seed” planters and “advocates” who sought to begin the campaign last March. “What is so great about this community is the willingness of people to roll up their sleeves and do something for folks,” says La Crosse County Board Chairwoman Tara Johnson. Also “saluting the effort” is Division of Veterans Services in the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Administrator Ken Grant, “who lauded La Crosse as the first one of five cities in the Badger State to achieve the functional zero status” for its homeless veterans. To read more accolades from other advocates in the community, visit "Collaborative to tackle new homeless segments in 2017."
Also in the news:
CBS affiliate WKBT News Channel 8 caught up with Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Karen Neuser and affiliate Rosalie Hooper Thomas to talk about the efforts to end homelessness in La Crosse.
"While the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration usually work in the background, they recently earned a Christian Mission award, bringing their work on homelessness to the forefront. 'FSPA have been a lot of doers in a lot of years, and now we are in the role, because of who are in 2016, as supporters, initiators, prophets saying we've got to do this,' Neuser said."
Mark your calendar!
April 24, 2017
Par-Tee for a Cause
4:30 - 9 p.m.
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Tickets go on sale in January
Please join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration “fore” the first ever Par-Tee for a Cause: Chipping away at Homelessness. The evening includes 18-holes of indoor golf themed events—no golf experience necessary—live and silent auctions and a sit-down dinner. As part of the sisters’ mission to provide compassionate presence to anyone experiencing homelessness, the 2017 Par-Tee funds will support La Crosse’s Franciscan Hospitality House and the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness.