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Homelessness events highlight issue in the valley


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Dealing with homelessness is a challenge for every community.

Tuesday night, the public was invited to a summit in Chippewa Falls, to help find a solution to that challenge.

Starting Points is the central intake agency for homeless families in Chippewa Falls and they see around a thousand families every year.

The executive director says they work hard to identify at risk families and find help for them before they end up on the street.

The goal of this summit was to reduce homelessness by touching base with people and churches who offer aid. 

"To ensure that we are working together, all managing our resources the best.  Do they know what else is available in the community?  There's things that we can't do, can we work together?  That's the reason we called it now," says Starting Points executive director Mary Clay-Santineau.

The summit was held at Central Lutheran Church on Columbia Street in Chippewa Falls.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - 

An Eau Claire fundraiser highlights homelessness in the Chippewa Valley and how agencies are working hard to find homes for everyone.

Hope Gospel Mission celebrates 15 years of service with its annual fundraiser banquet in Eau Claire.

The group serves the homeless and needy in several shelters around town.

The cost of running those homes relies heavily on the $50,000 the group is hoping to raise.

"There are so many different entities that we use the funds for at Hope Gospel Mission.  We have our women's shelter called the Ruth House and our men's shelter downtown in Eau Claire.  We would use the funds not only to house the residents there, but to be able to fund their schooling," says executive director of Hope Gospel Mission Sandi Polzin.

Hope Gospel Mission is also working on an addition to its transitional house, which helps recovering homeless get back into the community. 

The group also has plans for construction of a women's and children center.

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