La Crosse Community Foundation awards $50,000 grant to local shelter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A $50,000 dollar grant will help an emergency shelter in our community.

The Salvation Army of La Crosse County received a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation.

The money will be used to support its daily operations, including places to sleep, three meals a day, hot showers, and laundry at no cost.

It also plans to purchase new mattresses, bunk beds, and secure lockers.

In addition, the Salvation Army plans on making some changes to how they help people who check-in.

It will conduct the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA) with each individual, which will be a more efficient way to provide the services each person needs.

“The biggest thing this will allow us to do is to understand where each individual is in their stage of change, and how ready they are for change, or how much help they might need to work toward change,” said Krista Coey, Director of Social Services, Salvation Army of La Crosse County.

The Emergency Shelter has a capacity of 62 but can expand to 80 as needed.