BSC Helps Warming Shelter Succeed
The Business Success Center interns are fundamental to the first year success of the Day by Day Warming Shelter, which provides temporary emergency shelter for adults who have no place to spend the winter nights. The Business Success Center provided guidance and support before the doors opened, by meeting with the staff and board of directors to listen, identify and provide solutions to meet the needs of the shelter.
The Day by Day Warming Shelter, located on High Avenue, has the capacity to sleep 20 people and is open every night at 8 p.m. from the end of October until mid-April. With limited staffing resources it was a great benefit to have the Business Success Center recruit, screen, interview, and place 3 students that were the best fit for the job.
Like the shelter is important to Oshkosh, the volunteers and interns that work at Day By Day are vital to its success, said Angie McCarthy the Executive Director, who benefits from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students as interns.
“These students are amazing. They are here at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and they are dealing with the most high-risk population in the most respectful and dignified way,” McCarthy said. “For being so young, they get it. I am so proud of each and every one of them.”
Since the shelter opened its doors they have installed showers and plan to add 10 beds next season. If funding is available, it could open at 6 p.m. rather than 8 p.m. so those utilizing the services could get a warm meal earlier in the night.
Staff from the shelter and BSC is already planning to expand the partnership to include human services students and identify additional shelter needs the university can support.
”Student partnerships with the Day By Day Warming Shelter are especially significant,”said Meridith Jaeger, BSC Outreach Program Manager for the warming shelter. “In addition to providing social work students with a paid experience in their field of study early in their college career, they are part of a team working on a real societal problem and engaging in civic learning.”
While the work at the shelter isn’t always easy, both McCarthy and the UW Oshkosh students who work there agree they are doing a good thing and helping a population much in need.