ALLOUEZ — The Compass’ request in late August for donations from readers to provide subscriptions for guests at homeless shelters in the Diocese of Green Bay has received a generous response.
More than 40 donors had given a total of $3,773.50 as of Oct. 17.
A story published in August in the diocesan newspaper invited readers to make donations for subscriptions for guests at 13 shelters. The request was made after a private grant that had funded these subscriptions was not renewed.
The Compass’ goal was to raise $1,204 to cover the cost of 56 one-year subscriptions for 13 homeless shelters to receive up to 10 copies each, according to Amy Kawula, advertising and marketing manager.
Kawula said the extra donations will be kept in a special fund for future subscriptions for the shelters.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the Christian community,” said Alexia Wood, executive director of St. John’s Ministries in Green Bay. “Those experiencing homelessness are often forgotten about and looked at differently. The men and women who walk through our doors love to connect with others who share the same faith. Reading The Compass is one way to know that they are cared about.”
Here is a listing of 13 homeless shelters around the Diocese of Green Bay.
- Eagles Nest Emergency Shelter, Neopit
- Freedom House, Green Bay
- Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Appleton
- Haven of Hope, Egg Harbor
- Haven of Hope, Marinette
- House of Hope, Green Bay
- Hope House of Manitowoc County
- New Community Shelter, Green Bay
- Pillars, Appleton
- Father Carr’s Place 2B, Oshkosh
- SAM’s House, Shawano
- St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Green Bay (includes Micah Center & Wellspring)
- The Haven, Manitowoc
Kawula said she was not surprised by the amount and speed of the donation response. “Our readers are always generous, whenever we ask them,” she said.
An earlier request, published June 3 in The Compass, invited readers to donate funds for subscriptions to inmates at three correctional institutions in the Diocese of Green Bay. The request was made after funding for subscriptions from a previous drive was exhausted.
According to Kawula, the request for subscriptions to prisons has been made since 2019 and has been successful each time.
As of Oct. 17, $6,208 from 44 donors had been received for the correctional institutions. The Compass has set up a fund to continue offering these subscriptions to additional inmates, according to Kawula.
“It is beautiful to see how generous The Compass family of subscribers has been to provide faith messages to those in greatest need,” Kawula said. ”It is one way we can bring more souls to Jesus. When these funds are used, our subscribers choose to continue these important ministries. The Compass forms and shapes the hearts and minds of our readers who choose to pass it along to those less fortunate — a witness of loving like Jesus did.”
Readers may still send tax deductible donations to either fund, payable to The Compass, Attn: Homeless Shelter Ministry or Attn: Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 23825, Green Bay, WI 54305-3825 or call (920) 272-8208 to process a credit card payment.