Solutions Center, Fond du Lac County's only homeless and domestic violence shelter is participating in 91.9/91.5 The Family's "Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive. Personal care and cleaning products are being collected for 52 area crisis agencies. Along with Solutions Center, Fond du Lac's agencies include Advocap, Beacon House, Fondy Food Pantry, New Beginnings, and The Salvation Army.
The goal of "Help for the Homeless" is to provide a year's worth of supplies to each agency. Donations remain in the communities in which they are collected.
"People experiencing homelessness often feel less than human because they can't bathe or care for themselves regularly. Recently a man who'd been sleeping in his car entered our shelter. After a couple of nights here he told us that because of the hygiene items we'd give him, he was, for the first time in a while, able to take a shower and feel clean. He said that he was able to feel like a human again.
We very much appreciate this community's commitment to serving those who are less fortunate and hope you'll continue to support us," said Lindee Kimball, executive director.
People come to Solutions Center who have been sharing toothbrushes, using laundry soap on their faces, hands and hair - if they even have soap at all. Some working parents in tight times are washing and reusing their baby's disposable diapers at home in order to have enough unused diapers to send with their child to daycare, as children are not admitted to daycare unless parents supply new disposable diapers.
Solutions Center asks the community to donate generously. Donation boxes can be found at many local churches, businesses and schools, as well as Festival Foods through March 17.