Fond du Lac’s newest warming shelter ends first season with gratitude for community, plans to renovate for upcoming season

As spring weather sets into the area, the Fond du Lac’s newest warming shelter is marking the end of its successful first season, and readying the shelter for the next.

On November 15, 2023, the Holy Family Warming Shelter opened on First Street to offer up to 30 single adults experiencing homelessness a place of safety and respite during the winter months.

Through April 30, 2024, the Holy Family Warming Shelter served 164 individuals and distributed more than 1,000 meals—all of which were donated. A volunteer team of 159 people helped to care for the shelter’s guests, with more than 32 local organizations represented among the volunteers.

“We were blessed to have an incredible team of staff and volunteers at the Holy Family Warming Shelter, all working with the common goal of providing the best care possible to those most in need in our community,” Holy Family Catholic Community Pastor, Rev. Ryan Pruess said.

Mark and Karen Krueger, who volunteered throughout the season, said their experience at the Holy Family Warming Shelter was “gratifying,” and helped them gain a “true understanding” of what it means to experience homelessness. “They are people who appreciate the generosity of having a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. The guests appreciated the kindness and respect shown to them,” Mark and Karen Krueger said. “By just being able to volunteer and talking to the guests, we got a glimpse to see who they are. They are people with hopes and dreams for the future.”