Daytime Homeless Resource Center Announced - WBAY

Daytime Homeless Resource Center Announced

Green Bay -  The Diocese of Green Bay announced Wednesday its plans to open a daytime resource center for the homeless community.

It will be called the Micah Center, and will be on Walnut Street near downtown Green Bay. It's planned to open by the end of October.

The center will have several rooms with the resources needed to help people get back on track.

"This will provide some great wrap-around support to help people permanently attach to services and get the help that they need to take permanent steps to self-sufficiency and to their own housing," said Alexia Woods, Executive Director of the Micah Center.

The resources available include a computer lab for people to work on resumes and apply for jobs, an educational lab for people working on their GED or post-secondary schooling, and Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.

"Through the different resources and the different classes that are offered here, hopefully our brothers and sisters can start to dream beyond the crisis of today and start to dream big for their tomorrow," Woods said.   

The Micah Center has been in the works for about two months, but didn't close on the approximate $300,000 building until Monday.

An effort to open a daytime homeless center is not something new. Efforts to open a similar center have been unsuccessful in recent months, most recently, when a resource center on South Adams Street was ready to open and the landlord backed out.

For the Micah Center, the Diocese purchased the building it'll be using and said it doesn't need a special permit.

"This is something that's been talked about both at the city council level but in the community, how important it is to have some sort of day center," said Deacon Tim Reilly, Diocese of Green Bay.

The Diocese said it expects about 40 people to use the shelter every day once it opens, but said the center will benefit more than just those people using its resources.

"It's going to alleviate some of the burden on downtown businesses that right now have become that warming spot," said Woods.

The center will be open throughout the year.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt declined to comment to Action 2 News Wednesday.
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