Oshkosh warming shelter receives grant from JJ Keller Foundation

Oshkosh Northwestern
Written by Cheryl Hentz Reader submitted
November 22, 2013

As its third season of operation has gotten underway, the Day by Day Warming Shelter, 449 High Ave., was honored to receive a $10,000 grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation. In making the grant announcement, Foundation executive director Mary Harp-Jirschele said the grant would assist the shelter with its operating expenses during the 2013-2014 winter season. Specifically, she said the money would allow the shelter to “open your doors two hours earlier and begin to provide extended ‘case management’ to your clients.”

Offering guests to come in at 6 p.m. instead of the 8 p.m. allows the shelter to offer more warmth, a more appropriate time for the evening meal and added services to the guests. It also supports Day by Day’s efforts to get guests into a safe, warm atmosphere sooner.

“Our hope is to get people out of the bitter cold sooner and add some services to help them gain greater self-sufficiency,” said Angie McCarthy, executive director. “The extra hours help us better assist the guests with such things as job searches and longer term housing options when they are ready to leave the shelter.”

Of course, adding those additional two hours increased the shelter’s operating budget.

“So we are extremely grateful and feel so blessed to have received this wonderfully generous gift from the J.J. Keller Foundation,” said McCarthy, adding that it costs approximately $65 for a bed and meals for one person for one night at Day by Day and approximately $5,500 for an entire week of occupancy and operations at Day by Day. “Needless to say, this gift from the Foundation will definitely go a long way toward helping our guests, not only during the long winter months, but beyond.”