Harbor House Crisis Shelters is one of 14 Health and Welfare Ministries serving persons of all faiths and races as an outreach of The United Methodist Church. Harbor House is committed to ending homelessness by providing children’s programming and direct services for homeless single women and families, conducting public education and analysis of model programs and practices that create permanent housing opportunities, and shaping policies to prevent future homelessness.

The work of Harbor House and Executive Director Rev. Barb Certa-Werner was recently highlighted in a Superior Telegram article, “Bringing the homeless out of the cold.” There are currently emergency shelter and transitional living programs providing housing options for those in need, but Harbor House has plans to open permanent supportive housing. The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation has provided $25,000 for the purchase, and many other groups and individuals have generously contributed as well. According to the article, “Certa-Werner said it's been inspirational to see these private donors step up to support the new housing option, which is similar to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing First initiative. As with the transitional living program, people in permanent supportive housing will pay rent. They will also receive case management that incorporates coaching, goal setting, stress management, training in life skills and more.”

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