Grant allows homeless day center in Winona to extend hours

Cross, John And Margaret
A fund named after John and Margaret Cross, seen here, will allow the Catholic Charities Drop-In Day Center in Winona to expand hours.

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — A grant from the John and Margaret Cross Memorial Fund will allow the Catholic Charities Drop-In Day Center to extend its hours, according to the Winona Community Foundation.

The co-fund advisors, Kevin Cross and Carolyn Cross deMatta, directed a $21,000 grant to the day center, which gives those who struggle with homelessness a warm, safe place to stay during the day. The shelter’s hours are now 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week through March 31.

An earlier grant of $34,000 from the Winona Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund allowed the center to open from noon to 7 p.m.

“Catholic Charities was extremely grateful and fortunate to have found an ally in the WCF. The needs of our community are at the forefront of both of our organizations, and this funding has really brought that to light,” said Audrey Rivenburg, Director of Housing at Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota.