With one unexpected life-changing event, such as a loss of wages, a medical emergency or a worldwide pandemic, people who have never needed help before can find themselves visiting a food pantry for the very first time. “It’s hard to ask for help,” acknowledges Marty Lee, executive director at the Waushara County Food Pantry. “It’s […]
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Each month during the school year, a large truck filled with clothing, bedding, winter wear and personal care items from the Community Clothes Closet is visiting the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh to benefit local youth.
Leon heard that the Forward Services Corporation could help people find good careers. Sure enough, they helped Leon draft a blueprint for success, starting with getting the certifications he needed, and aiming for a comfortable home where he could spend quality time with his family.
Trevor Fenrich, the new executive director of Solutions Recovery, believes the percentage of people with mental health issues, or struggling with substance abuse is high among those experiencing homelessness. In a recent conversation, he acknowledged that it is difficult to know which ailment comes first, a mental health program or a substance abuse problem. It […]
An often-unseen population of people experiencing homelessness are teenagers. We know they are out there, often “couch surfing” moving from friend to friend depending on whichever family will help them out, or take them in for a few nights. Estimates put homeless teens in the Oshkosh area at 150 to 200 annually in recent years. […]
Homelessness is not OK. No one thinks so. The general public often thinks of individuals experiencing homelessness as “someone else.” But they are community members right among us. They are moms and dads, aunts and uncles, friends and coworkers, or sons and daughters of the people we know. Homelessness is not a choice most people […]
The Day by Day Warming Shelter in Oshkosh is the first stop for relief in the homelessness journey. When the overnight season starts in mid-October, guests being arriving by 6 pm in the hopes of securing one of only 25 available beds for the night. A hot meal, a warm shower, a bed, and an […]
High school students now have access to a Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory space, that had its grand opening on October 19 at Oshkosh North High School. The new space is aimed at better preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Eat Well for Life supports community members living with food insecurity and uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes as they adopt healthier lifestyles. During the 13-week program, participants and their households receive food, recipes, meal plans, and diabetes education to learn to eat healthy, move more, and achieve their health goals, such as managing diabetes with fewer complications.
Jason Breaker knew that there were some internet connection gaps in his rural community of Markesan, WI, but after the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and businesses, he realized internet access was severely limited. As the Elementary Principal and District Administrator for the Markesan Public School District, Breaker discovered that many students were unable to attend school virtually.