GREEN BAY – Though homelessness is a serious issue far too many people face in Green Bay, many people think being part of the solution is beyond their grasp.
St. John’s wants people to know that it’s not.
The Fifth Annual Restoring Hope Gala will take place on Nov. 2, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
St. John’s Homeless Shelter, The Micah Center and Wellspring help restore hope and create lasting change for people experiencing or at-risk for homelessness in the greater Green Bay area.
Everyone in the community deserves a place to be safe and a sense they belong.
For individuals who have no other access to housing due to pervasive mental health, chronic health conditions or addiction, St. John’s provides a safe shelter and wrap-around support.
In the 2018-19 season at St. John’s Homeless Shelter (Nov. 1 – April 30), 445 individuals were served, and 14,473 nights of shelter provided.
St. John’s two daytime drop-in centers, The Micah Center and Wellspring for women, collectively saw more than 1,000 individuals walk through its doors this past year.
The Restoring Hope Gala is the signature event to support the mission of St. John’s Homeless Shelter, The Micah Center and Wellspring.
St. John’s does not receive government funding and the support it does receive is from the community, individuals, businesses and small foundations. That support helps keep its doors open year-after-year.
Because it relies on community support, its budget and ability to provide services is dependent on fundraising events like the gala.
At this year’s Fifth Annual Restoring Hope Gala, the theme is “I am St. John’s.”
A community issue requires a community solution, so that means everyone has a role to play in ending homelessness.
The public is invited and welcomed to become part of the St. John’s family.
The gala will feature the St. John’s Choir, which spread hope and inspiration across the room last year.
There will also be a silent auction, live bidding, music, dinner and much more.
Learn more and purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships at: stjohnhomelessshelter.org/gala2019/.
The featured speaker will be Nic Sheff, the subject of “Beautiful Boy.”
Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring struggle with substance abuse disorder is the story of “Beautiful Boy,” a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet as Sheff and Steve Carell as his father.
His life and experiences at many times closely match those many guests have faced, looking addiction and mental illness in the face.
However, the presence of Sheff’s father as stabilizing and loving force that helped him ultimately seek recovery is what is often missing from the guests served at St. John’s.
For guests, St. John’s is often the family and support they never had or lost along the way.