During the Superior, WI mayoral address to the city, Mayor Jim Paine awarded Rev. Barb Certa-Werner “Citizen of the Year.” She was presented with a plaque, and a key to the city, and received a standing ovation.

Mayor Paine stated that, “For nearly two decades, Rev. Barb Certa-Werner has been putting her faith into action, and taking responsibility for the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Finding a lack of homeless services in Superior, she didn’t just demand action from community leaders, she founded Harbor House Crisis Shelters, and rallied her community around mothers and children and victims and survivors. More than just providing safety and stability, she provided opportunity by employing many of Harbor House’s former residents not only to provide them employment but to ensure that every person served by Harbor House finds housing and support, as well as compassion and understanding. She isn’t afraid to take on the great policy challenges of our time either. She speaks truth to power, and never lets those in charge forget their responsibilities to their citizens. Rev. Barb followed her calling and strives to improve the lives of those she meets every day. She sees the potential in everyone, and believes that given the right tools and support, along with some encouragement, prayers, and a lot of love, you can do whatever you set your mind to. She has the humility to help someone across the street, and the courage to demand a safer street.” Watch the newscast here.

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.

If you would like to support Harbor House, view their needs list.