Homeless day shelter gets $80K in funding from county

Shelter has seen 30-40 percent increase in usage due to weather
Homeless day shelter gets $80K in funding from county

The Dane County Board passed its budget Monday night with cold weather in mind, and allocated $80,000 for the Bethel Lutheran day shelter downtown.

The shelter offers coffee and snacks, and also employment, medical and housing assistance.

One person currently runs the shelter, but the new county money will help add a second staff member.

“With 130 people a day upwards in the winter it’s pretty challenging to get around and try to meet everyone’s needs, so that second person is really going to help with a lot of the administrative function and free myself up to focus on the day-to-day activities,” said Connor Wild, homeless ministry coordinator at Bethel Lutheran.

Wild said since the cold weather hit he has seen a 30-40 percent increase in those using their services.