Homelessness is a year-round problem.
But as the weather gets colder, the need to do something
becomes even more pressing.
We've told you about the Collaborative to End Homelessness
in La Crosse and their 100 day plan to house all homeless
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us now to tell us how
local nuns are playing a major role in bringing local
agencies together for the cause.
Mike and Martha ...
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration founded
their homelessness initiative in 20-12 .
and since then have started a homeless hygeine program
and opened the Franciscan Hospitality House that welcomes
homeless adults in during the day.
While the nuns usually work in the background .
they recently earned a Christian Mission award, bringing
their work on homelessness to the forefront.
Sister Karen Neuser can wrap her head around homelessness.
Sister Karen Neuser
I immediately go to the people and I picture the people
we're talking about.
and then i cry because they're there and I want it
But her hands...
We didn't know how to wrap our hands around how do
you stop homelessness.
Neuser says action speaks louder than words .
We have to stop talking about ending homelessness.
We have to do something about it.
So a few years ago she and her fellow nuns and FSPA
affiliates put their hands to work.
Rosalie Hooper Thomas
Gathering hygiene products in bags sewn by one of
They send those over to salvation army, 50 - 60 a
They also collaborated with Catholic charities on
a warming center and the Franciscan Hospitality House
The FSPA-Affiliate homelessness initiative won an
award from their congregation.
The award is called the Christian mission award.
But Neuser knows their work is far from done.
FSPA have been a lot of doers in lot of years, and
now we are in role because of who are in 2016, as
supporters initiators, prophets saying we've got to
It's that spirit that helped bring multiple agencies
together for La Crosse's Collaborative to End Homelessness
and their meetings are often held at St.
It's bringing people together but now with that franciscan
The best way to handle homelessness, Neuser says,
is to have all hands on deck.
We have come together and have been joined by the
entire city, the entire city, from the mayor to every
agency individuals who also have that heart that says
that could be me.
that's not right.
we need to do something about this and we will do
something about this.
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The Franciscan Hospitality House on sixth street is
open afternoons from to on weekdays.
In addition to sending hygiene bags to the Salvation
army, the nuns also provide hygiene products for homeless
elementary-aged kids in the area.
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