HOMELESS SHELTER WINTER NEWSLETTER
108 E. Pleasant St, Portage WI, 53901 608-742-7687 Website: riverhavenshelter.org

WHEDA GRANT
We are happy to announce that with the support of the community and a WHEDA grant, we were able to have all the windows in the family shelter replaced and get new security camera system installed in the men’s shelter and an upgrade in the system in the family shelter. There were other additional projects around the shelters that were completed as well with the help from the WHEDA grant and the community support. We appreciate the incredible support provided by our community.
Our Next Fundraisers:
We are working on our spring fundraiser, “Harmony for the Homeless Concert”. It will be held on May 12th, 7pm at the Portage Center of the Arts. Please look for tickets in April.
We are also working on a project to fund a new roof for the family shelter. The project is called “Raise the Roof” We hoping to replace it by this fall, with of course the support from the community.
Car Wash mark your calendar for Saturday June 2nd at Aspen Family Counseling Center. We are always looking for volunteers for this event. If you’re interested please call us at 608-742-7687.

Portage Area Community Assistance Program (PACAP)
In addition to our “shelter the homeless” mission, we also fund the community through PACAP. This is a clergy funded program to assist local families with rent or utilities.

UPCOMING 2018 MEETINGS/TRAININGS
Thursday, March 15th 5-7pm at Cooper Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 207 W. Pleasant St. Light meal provided. We will be having a special speaker. As a volunteer, you are leaving an imprint on each resident’s heart. If you are interested in volunteering please call the office at 742-7687 to register.

Highlights of 2017!
Harmony for the Homeless Concert”. It was a success. We are looking forward to the next concert.
Car Wash. Everyone had a lot of fun washing the cars. We had volunteers of all ages, starting at 3 yrs. old
Pardeeville Car Show. This is annual event in Pardeeville. We volunteer to help with this event, in return they help us with a nice donation to River Haven.
Annual Bowl-A-Thon. This event at J&J Fireball Lanes was a huge success. We want to thank the community for the Lane Sponsors and for all the local businesses for the gift baskets and the raffle items that were donated. Thank you so much.
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast. We thank all the volunteers for their hard work and their time and dedication for such a good cause. The breakfast was Yummy.

Please mark your calendars for July 11th, Concert at the Park. We are looking for bakers again. These are the pies the VFW recommends.
Apple pie
Banana Cream Pie
Blueberry pie
Cherry pie
Chocolate pie
Lemon Meringue pie
Pumpkin pie
Peanut Butter pie
Pecan pie
Rhubarb or Rhubarb Custard Lemon Squares
Rice Krispy treats
Razzleberry pie
We must have one or more sugar free deserts. Please call 742-7687 to sign up to bake pies.

Wish List
91% Isopropyl alcohol
Large garbage bags
Low suds liq. Laundry det.
Hand soap, Plastic wrap
Sandwich/freezer bags
LED light bulbs
Lysol wipes, Paper towels
Printer paper
Diapers (any size)/Baby wipes
Pens/envelopes/scotch tape
Plastic storage tubs 10 gal & 18 gal

Housing Wish List
Dishes
Silverware
Cups and Glasses
Pots and pans
Kitchen towels
Casserole dishes
Tupperware
Can openers
Toothpaste/toothbrushes
Disposable razors/shaving cream
Feminine products
Band aids, Bleach, cleaning supplies, Nail clippers, Body lotion
Towels/wash cloths/hand towels
Bath mats/shower curtains
Toilet paper, Lunch bags/book bags, Sheets (twin)/blankets
Alarm clocks/night lights
Laundry hampers
Coffeemakers, Toasters
Other small appliances
Other household items

These are items residents are in need of when they move into an apartment.paragraph here.