The Family’s 2022 “Help for the Homeless” Hygiene Drive Tops $527,000 

96 Wisconsin Crisis Programs Say, “Thank you!”

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Family Radio Network’s 2022 “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive received a record-breaking $527,000 worth of donated hygiene and cleaning supplies this spring from more than 760 local businesses, churches and schools for 96 crisis agencies in 19 of their listening communities.  The drive annually provides for approximately 70,000 people. Thank you!

Since 1992, “Help for the Homeless” donations have provided more than $4.8 million dollars’ worth of hygiene supplies to local Wisconsin crisis programs and those they serve.  Donations remain in the communities where they are collected. The goal of “Help for the Homeless” is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency.

“Janet, a single mom of 2, came to us in need of diapers for her newborn. Thanks to The Family Radio’s Help for the Homeless we were able to provide diapers for baby and also deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and new toothbrushes for her family. She was very grateful, saying that because we were able to give her the hygiene products, she would now be able to pay for her older son to go on his field trip.”  -Heather Clohessy, St. Vincent de Paul

“The impact of The Family Radio’s “Help for the Homeless” is indescribable. The products we receive go directly to our homeless students. It means so much to them, and to us, to know that they can ask someone at school for the things they might need – shampoo, feminine products, deodorant, etc. - and we can help. This would not be possible without the support of the community and the generosity of so many. Thank you!” – Kelsey Boge, School Social Worker

“This drive saves us thousands of dollars every year and frees up those funds for programming, food, and other pressing expenses. Thank you!” – Lauri Lewis, Apricity

“We serve some older single gentlemen, living on fixed incomes, who struggle to make ends meet and rarely leave their homes. When we give them body wash, shampoo, and deodorant through Help for the Homeless, they can go out in public without embarrassment. This program helps so many people! We are grateful for the generous donations from our community for this great cause.” – Cindy Meulemans, The Salvation Army

The Family Radio Network partners with area homeless coalitions and crisis programs by inviting the community to donate needed hygiene items for their local agencies through “Help for the Homeless.” Supplying the crisis programs with laundry soap, hair and dental care items, deodorant, diapers, and other personal care and cleaning products makes it possible for them to dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, education, counseling, safe housing, and nutritious food to those they serve.

Businesses, churches, and schools participate by placing collection boxes in their high traffic areas and inviting their own staff, members, and students to donate. Financial donations are also welcome.

The Family Radio Network, Inc, along with the 96 participating crisis programs, thanks everyone who hosted boxes, donated, volunteered for, and sponsored the drive!

Save the date! Next year’s dates are Feb.12 -March 5. More info at thefamily.net or call 800-236-9364.

Sponsored in East and Northeast Wisc. by Festival Foods Stores, Fox Communities Credit Union, Expert Real Estate Partners, Integrity Mortgage Group, Allcox and Associates, McCain Foods, US Venture Schmidt Family Foundation, and Fox 11 WLUK

Sponsored in Central and West Central Wisc. by Festival Foods Stores, Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Inc., Brokaw Credit Union, and WQOW News 18

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES:

East and Northeast Wisconsin - APPLETON/FOX CITIES: Appleton Area School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, ADVOCAP Housing Prgm, Apricity, B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Prgm, Boys & Girls Clubs Home Base, COTS, Hortonville Area School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, LEAVEN, Menasha Joint School Dist. Homeless Children & Youth Prgm, Mission of Hope, Partnership Community Health Ed. Cntr, Pillars, Riverview Gardens, Ryan Community Housing Prgms, Salvation Army Fox Cities and New London, SOAR Fox Cities, St Vincent de Paul Neenah, VIDA CHILTON/CALUMET CNTY: Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul  CLINTONVILLE: Compassionate Connections Cntr FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, New Beginnings Pregnancy Cntr, Solutions Cntr, The Salvation Army, GREEN BAY/BROWN CNTY: Brown County Human Services, Family Services Families First, Freedom House, Golden House, Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Program, Green Bay Community Church Circles and The Giving Tree, House of Hope, Howe Resource Center, Newcap Motel Vouchers, Newcap Office of Victim Crimes OVC, Newcap Prevention, Newcap Shelter, Newcap-EHH Rapid ReHousing, Newcap-Permanent Support Housing Brown County Individuals, Newcap-Youth Rapid ReHousing, St John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, The Salvation Army Basic Needs, The Salvation Army Pathway of Hope Housing Support, Wellspring MANITOWOC: Hope House, InCourage Domestic Violence Shltr, Lakeshore CAP, Lotus Recovery Homes, Lighthouse Recovery Center, MPSD Stangel Boutique, Painting Pathways Clubhouse, The Crossing, The Haven of Manitowoc Cnty, The Production Farm, The Salvation Army, UWGB Manitowoc Student Services OCONTO/MARINETTE: NEWCAP Marinette (Community Access & Housing), NEWCAP Oconto (Community Access & Housing), OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Father Carr’s Place 2B, The Salvation Army SEYMOUR: Community 2000,  St. Vincent de Paul, The Salvation Army Outagamie Cnty Ext., SHEBOYGAN: Catholic Charities, Lakeshore CAP, Love Inc, Safe Harbor, Sheboygan Cnty Interfaith (SCIO), Sheboygan Cnty Warming Shltr, St. Vincent de Paul, The Production Farm, The Salvation Army

Central and West Central Wisconsin: ANTIGO: Avail Inc., The Salvation Army CHIPPEWA FALLS: Family Support Cntr, LE Phillips CDC Outreach EAU CLAIRE: Bolton Refuge House, Hope Gospel Mission MARATHON COUNTY/WAUSAU: Comm. Corner Clubhouse, Peyton’s Promise, The Neighbors' Place, The Open Door of Marathon Cnty, The Salvation Army of Marathon Cnty, MARSHFIELD:  Mary's Place Boarding House, PDC Orenda Cntr., Shirley's House of Hope, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, The Hannah Cntr,  MENOMONIE: The Bridge to Hope  STEVENS POINT: Evergreen Comm. Initiatives, The Salvation Army WAUPACA: Agape Help Center, CAP Services, Foundations for Living Inc., WISCONSIN RAPIDS: FOCUS Food Pantry (SWEPS), The Family Cntr

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About The Family: The Family Radio Network, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing contemporary Christian music and programming, as well as community outreach support to Central and Northeast Wisconsin since 1969. The radio network has 11 signals and 5 stations in Wisconsin: 91.9FM WEMI Appleton/Oshkosh, 91.5FM WEMY Green Bay, 91.3FM WSTM Sheboygan, 88.5FM WGNV Wausau/Stevens Point, 99.9 FM Eau Claire. For more information go to www.thefamily.net.

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