In March, SVdP received support through the CRS Rice Bowl--a grant sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the Diocese of Green Bay. These funds were collected and made available to aid immigrant and refugee people struggling to meet their basic needs.
We live in a community that has seen shifting demographic patterns. Although Wisconsin is less diverse than the United States as a whole, the Fox Cities has seen an increase by a little more than 2% over the past eight years, and the LIFE Study notes that the number of different nationalities represented in the Fox Cities region has increased slightly.
When families come to us from referral partners in need of furniture, clothing, and other items, we're able to make them feel welcome and included, and the items they can find in the store give them the tools they need to create a stable, safe home.
Being able to offer culturally-cognizant services to individuals experiencing multiple barricades to meeting their basic needs is critical if we want to ensure everyone in the Fox Cities has access to the quality of life they deserve.