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St. John's Homeless Shelter saw sharp increase in guests as season ends


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter in downtown Green Bay served more than 420 residents this winter season. 

Tuesday marked the end of overnight stays for the six month season. 

This past year saw a 40 percent increase in the number of overnight stays, with more than 13,300.

The number of guests increased sharply this year, with nearly 120 more people than last winter.

Nearly half of all the guests ended up in some form of permanent housing, or housing program says Executive Director Alexia Wood.

Wood says even though they don’t offer overnight stays, St. Johns continues to help homeless guests.  They have opened up a sobriety room, offer alcohol and drug abuse classes, offer housing services, have case workers on site, and offer other programs during the day. 

While there are successes, Wood estimates that more than 60 guests will not find a place to stay and will be on the streets.