(Beaver Dam) The New Beginnings Homeless Shelter in Beaver Dam is looking for a new location for their men’s facility. Fr. Mike Erwin says it’s time to move from their current location on Madison Street, next to the Chapel of the Archangels. Erwin says the owners of the reception hall and chapel have given a luxury of time – until the end of the year — to find a new location as they grow their business. He says with community involvement, the deadline is “very doable.”
The shelter, which partners with the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, serves the homeless population in the Dodge County area. Erwin says the shelter houses an average of five men at any given time, many of whom are employed but just cannot afford rent. The 30 days they are allowed at the shelter helps them get back on their feet, find affordable housing or a job if needed.
The New Beginnings Homeless Shelter has been at the location since the adjacent church was called St. Michael’s. Six years ago, the men’s shelter was established there, and the women and family shelter moved to Beaver Street.