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Green Bay homeless shelters host open house

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Caitlin Gornick, who is more than eight months pregnant,  has been living at House of Hope since September is busy folding clothes as community members tour the shelter.
House of Hope
Caitlin Gornick, who is more than eight months pregnant, has been living at House of Hope since September is busy folding clothes as community members tour the shelter.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Local area homeless shelters are opening their doors to the public.  It’s Hunger and Homeless Awareness week. One of those opening their doors is House of Hope, a place for expecting mothers who have no place to stay can go.  Around 60 pregnant women live at the shelter within the year and typically stay between four and six months.  “I first thing I did when I got my own, I just sat down and cried.” said Caitlin Gornick, who is due the day before Christmas time and has lived there since September.  “Because it was so overwhelming, after not having anything for so long, being able to feel safe, and know that I was going to be able to move forward and basically start my life over.”  Director Jennifer Allen says a majority of the women who leave are able to sustain permanent housing, like an apartment, a year later.

“Typically our population comes from generational poverty, so a lot of the families are in similar situations and just don’t have the resources to support them.” Director Jennifer Allen. House of Hope provides basic living skills, parenting classes, help find a job and help them complete high school or earn a GED.    Other open house events are at St. Johns the Evangelists Homeless Shelter Nov. 16th from 11:30 a.n. -1 p.m. and Freedom House Ministries from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Other events include a food drop off on Tuesday, showing of the documentary Bridging the Gap on Thursday and the Hunger Walk and Chili Dinner on Friday.   Visist www.bchhcwi.org for more information. 

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