St. John’s receives grants for Micah Center, Wellspring programming


May 17, 2022

Contact: Steve Schauer

St. John’s Ministries receives grants for Micah Center, Wellspring programming

Funds support guest’s forward movement toward housing, employment

GREEN BAY, Wis. — St. John’s Ministries applied for and received $27,000 in grants from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to support programming efforts at the Micah Center and Wellspring. The funds will support forward-movement workshops and services of guests who are seeking housing and employment.

The Micah Center and Wellspring are intended to provide individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability with daytime services. There are required classes, workshops, counseling and case management resources to help guests overcome barriers in their lives and guide them towards a life of self-sufficiency and success.

“The community foundation has been a wonderful partner of St. John’s,” said Tony Schneider, community engagement specialist. “Their support has been crucial in restoring the hope and creating change for hundreds of guests each year.”

Throughout the week multiple opportunities are offered to guests to advance and keep moving forward. They are not required to attend all workshops but do have to attend at least six workshops each week to remain eligible for services. Exceptions are made by case managers for guests employed during daytime hours, guests moving forward in other ways and guests with mental health concerns.

Workshops and services offered are based on the needs of the whole, and often present opportunities for community members and partners to offer outside services otherwise not available due to transportation barriers often faced by guests.

Workshops and services include, but are not limited to:  The Joseph Project, Positive Choices, Goal Setting, Resource Management, Communication Goals, Financial Wellness, TedTalks, Employment and Housing Assistance, Relationship Building, Healthcare Services, Mental Health and AODA, Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery Support, Haircuts, Circles of Support and Art Therapy.

Support for guests does not end when they have secured housing of their own. Once a guest no longer needs services, they can choose to participate in St. John’s Ministries’ aftercare program. This program sees a guest become housed, have a direct connection with their case managers for follow-up visits 30, 60 and 90 days after becoming housed to ensure forward-moving progress is still taking place.

About St. John’s Ministries:

St. John’s Ministries’ mission is to honor the dignity, restore hope and create lasting change for those experiencing homelessness or housing instability in the greater Green Bay community. At St. John’s Ministries, we believe that each person is unique, with the same inherent worth as the day they were born. We meet each of our guests right where they’re at and walk alongside them on their journey. Our vision is that through a spirit of familiarity, rapport and trust, each person will leave better than they came. Services are provided across four locations. At our two seasonal emergency shelters of last resort, we provide adults experiencing homelessness with a safe place to sleep during the harsh winter months. At the Micah Center and Wellspring, our two daytime resource centers, we equip adults experiencing homelessness – as well as community members at-risk – with the tools to achieve self-sufficiency.

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