For 25 years, Freedom House has been the primary emergency responder and sole shelter for a diverse population of Brown County’s homeless families with children headed by single moms, single dads and couples. Over 1,300 families and 2,700 children have been inspired with hope and practical help in fulfillment of our mission.
In addition to shelter, food, clothing and on-site medical assistance, Freedom House offers core services free of charge for up to 12 families at a time through our 8-12 week program model at our east side facility, The Family Life Advancement Center. We walk alongside homeless families with children in a holistic manner by serving our families spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. Our adults participate in required budget, job readiness and parenting classes and meet at least once per week with our Case Manager to establish family goals and monitor progress towards those goals. While the overall aim for a family is to obtain permanent housing and employment, each family’s journey is unique. Therefore, the tools and resources needed for each family must be flexible as we take into account the barriers that may inhibit self-sufficiency. Knowledge of and referrals to other appropriate community resources are essential to the success of each family and prevents duplication of community services. Freedom House adheres to the “No Wrong Door” policy to ensure that families in need receive appropriate information and referrals in a dignified and efficient manner. We reach into the very heart of the family, identifying the point of breakdown and connecting families with the resources needed to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness and hopelessness. We offer a “hand up”, not a “hand out”.
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Homeless families and/or low income families face a variety of barriers on their journey to self-sufficiency. Safe, affordable and conveniently located child care can often make the difference in whether a parent is able to search for, secure and maintain employment. In 2012, Freedom House acquired its license as a family childcare provider from the State of Wisconsin in response to the child care needs of our shelter’s homeless families. Since then, child care has been offered onsite at our shelter for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, Mondays-Fridays. We are one of the only shelters in Brown County that offers free onsite childcare in a State licensed center and by doing so, we have the opportunity to interrupt the cycle of poverty in the next generation as we prepare children for success in the next phase of childcare or school.
In 2011, our leadership team envisioned a campus that housed transitional living apartments, an expanded child care facility and a center which could connect the community to resources and services aimed at serving those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. In 2014, this vision came to pass when we unexpectedly became the owners of property located on N. Taylor Street on Green Bay’s west side. Freedom House’s west side campus is known as “The Bridge”.
A bridge is defined as a “time, place, or means of connection or transition.” In keeping with this definition, The Bridge houses a transitional living program. Our rent-based transitional living program serves homeless families with children who are unable to move into permanent housing from a shelter or other community program. With the help of case management and supportive programing, families are given time to overcome barriers and take the next steps in their journey towards self-sufficiency. Eight fully furnished apartments, a shared resource room, laundry room, and a “Bridge Store” stocked with hygiene and household items provide a safe, clean and encouraging community for families during this time of transition.