The executive director explained that the press conference has three goals:
• To alert the community that a need exists for additional space once the arrangement with St. Norbert College ends next week;
• To inform the community of the shelter’s steps to reopen its Conditional Use Permit (CUP). “The CUP allows the shelter to house 64 guests, but also says that the shelter must have an Operational Plan,” explained Wood. “The shelter submitted an Operational Plan that included within it an Emergency Overflow Plan (allowing for the total number of guests to reach 84, through the use of a recently renovated overflow area at the shelter).”
She said that if the shelter’s Emergency Overflow Plan cannot be implemented, “we would then like to see the CUP increased to a bed capacity of 84.”
• To bring awareness to the increased homeless need throughout Brown County.
Shelter supporters are urged to arrive at the shelter shortly after noon. A tour will also be offered after lunch to show the space that was redeveloped over the summer months to accommodate shelter overflow. This space will be blessed at 1 p.m. by Deacon Tim Reilly, president of the homeless shelter and general director of the diocesan Curia.