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UW Oshkosh helps local shelter thrive

UW Oshkosh Today

The sun sets as early as 4:30 p.m. during Wisconsin winters, making the nights long and for some people, brutally cold and lonely.   

The Day by Day Warming shelter opened in 2010 to address the lack of safe, temporary shelter for people in Oshkosh experiencing homelessness during the dark, cold winter nights.

Through community support from local government, police, fire, faith communities and foundations, the shelter offers good food, comfy beds, welcoming people and even hot showers for 25 adults each night from October to April.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is one community partner helping support the Day by Day Warming Shelter mission. UW Oshkosh partners with the shelter to supply employees, interns and volunteers.

“We could not do what we do without the University,” Sam Zinth ‘13 MS, shelter executive director, said.

The UW Oshkosh Business Success Center helps connect campus resources to the community resource. The Business Success Center works with the shelter to source and employ about a dozen front line staff members each season.

Front line staff work directly with shelter guests. Typically, these are UW Oshkosh students majoring in social work, criminal justice or human services leadership. Outsourcing the employment allows the shelter to operate at capacity–and students to gain professional experiences within their community.

Internships are another way the University helps the shelter. As part of the Human Services Leadership (HSL) program at UW Oshkosh, students gain field experience through internships at local agencies like the Warming Shelter.

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by Boynton, Mindie M last modified Mar 03, 2016 11:17 AM