The Family’s 2016 ‘Help for the Homeless’ Tops $300,000!

More than 2 million dollars’ worth donated since 2008

Published Friday, April 8, 2016

The Family Radio Network:  91.9/91.5 and 88.5 The Family radio network is pleased to announce the final results of their 24th annual Help for the Homeless hygiene drive. More than $300,000 dollars’ worth of new hygiene and cleaning products were donated this season to 82 local crisis programs in 15 communities.  The grand total value of donations collected since 2008 topped 2 million dollars’ worth this season. Thank you!

“A gentlemen came to our pantry looking a bit scruffy today. He quietly asked if we had razors and shaving cream.  When we told him we did, he actually jumped with excitement! He went on to say that he has a job interview tomorrow that he wanted to “clean up" for, but didn’t have these things at home or the money to buy them because he’s been without work for quite a while.  Every little bit counts to those in need and we thank each and every donor for your help during The Family’s Help for the Homeless, and all year through. We couldn’t do it without you.” – Nan Pahl, Salvation Army

A grass roots, community driven effort, The Family works together with area homeless coalitions in their listening areas, inviting people to donate new hygiene and cleaning items to their local crisis programs to help them direct their limited financial resources to providing qualified staff, counseling, shelter and food to those they serve.

806 local businesses, churches and schools participated by placing collection boxes in their high traffic areas and inviting their own staff, members and students to donate for 3 weeks this spring. Public collection boxes were hosted by Festival Foods, Shopko Stores, and Walgreens. Donations remain in the community where they are collected. The goal of “Help for the Homeless” is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency.

The Family radio network, along with the 82 crisis programs, thank everyone who donated, volunteered, and sponsored the drive this spring! Next year’s dates are Feb.19-March 12. More at or 800-236-9364.

Sponsored in NE Wisc. by: 91.9/91.5 The Family with FOX 11 WLUK, The Shopko Foundation, Festival Foods, Thrivent Financial, and Fox Communities Credit Union. 

Sponsored in Central Wisc. by: 88.5 The Family with Fox 11 WZAW, The Shopko Foundation, Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Realty, and Biolife Plasma Centers.

- Northeast Wisc. Agencies (56 agencies in 9 communities) - APPLETON/FOX CITIES Appleton Area School Dist. Education of Homeless Children &Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Homeless Prgrm, B.A.B.E.S. Appleton, Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley Runaway Outreach Prgm, COTS Transitional Shltrs, Fox Valley Warming Shltr, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, Housing Partnership, LEAVEN, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Partnership Community Health Cntr, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities, CHILTON Salvation Army

FOND DU LAC ADVOCAP Homeless Prgrm, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, Salvation Army, Solutions Cntr GREEN BAY Family Services Crisis Cntr / Open Door Youth Services,  Family Services Trans. Living Prgm, Forward Service Corp. Supportive Housing Prgm, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Prgm, House of Hope,  Salvation Army Emerg. Services, Salvation Army Basic Needs, Salvation Army Transitional Living Program, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shltr, St Vincent De Paul Homes MANITOWOC Hope House, Lakeshore CAP Community Action, Luth. Social Services Runaway & Youth Services (R.A.Y.S), Manitowoc Cnty Domestic Violence Cntr, Salvation Army, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, NEW LONDON: B.A.B.E.S. Respite,  Salvation Army OCONTO/MARINETTE Forward Service Corp., NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services (Oconto & Marinette) OSHKOSH ADVOCAP, Cerebral Palsy Mideast Wisc. Christine Ann, Father Carr’s Place 2B, Forward Service Corp., Salvation Army, Winnebago Cnty Human Services SEYMOUR: Community 2000, St. Vincent de Paul

- Central Wisc. Agencies (26 agencies in 6 communities) : MARSHFIELD Mary’s Place Boarding House, Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter, St. Vincent De Paul, The Hannah Center RHINELANDER & N. CNTRL WISC Avail Inc., Forward Service Corp., Midwest Indian Mission Inc., Northwoods Alliance for Temp.Housing Inc., Personal Essentials Pantry, Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, The Northwoods Share Needs Ministry Pantry, Sunshine for Humanity, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Community Initiatives WAUPACA CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., Waupaca Pregnancy Information Cntr WAUSAU The Neighbors’ Place, Community Cntr of Hope, Community Corner Clubhouse, Randlin Homes, The Salvation Army of Marathon County, The Open Door of Marathon Cnty  WISCONSIN RAPIDS: (SWEPS) South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf

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