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Homeless Shelters

Western Dairyland operates seven homeless shelters in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau counties for families with children.

Our shelters are single-family units which may be occupied for up to 30 days. Each shelter is a completely furnished apartment with bedding, furniture, cooking utensils and cleaning supplies donated by the community. Our shelters are located in safe locations, and every effort is made to maintain the privacy of the families staying there. Family members are referred to other Western Dairyland resources and community organizations for additional help.

Our first priority is to provide a safe place to stay for homeless families with children. During their stay, we do everything we can to locate permanent housing and help them on their way to self-sufficiency.

If you need assistance, call us at 715-836-7511 or 715-985-2391 or fill out a housing pre-screen form.

Homeless Shelter Donations

Make a Donation

$500 provides 1 month of shelter for a homeless family

$125 provides 1 week of shelter for a homeless family

$18 provides 1 day of shelter for a homeless family

Any amount provides help for today and hope for tomorrow

Online donations of any amount may be made through our secure Paypal account. All donations will help pay rent, utilities, and building maintenance at our shelters in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, Blair, and Mondovi.

In addition to monetary donations, we always welcome the following:

  • Personal Care Items (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste)
  • Bedroom pillows and blankets
  • Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Linens (sheets, mattress pads)
  • Televisions (small to medium sized, flat screen only)
  • Dishes, utensils, silverware, glasses, cereal bowls, etc.
  • Kitchen appliances (toaster, coffee makers, can opener)
  • Furniture (couch, love seat, chairs)
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, etc.)
  • Lawn Mowing services
  • Snow Removal services
  • We also welcome small groups and individuals who are willing to do yard work, painting, cleaning and general maintenance as needed. Call our offices at 715-985-2391 for more information.

Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System Consumer Notice

This Agency receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Housing to provide services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In order to receive this funding, this agency must participate in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System. This system collects basic information about clients receiving services from this agency to get a more accurate count of individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need to provide different services.

We only collect and share only the information that we consider to be appropriate. The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality. A copy of our Privacy Notice describing our privacy practices is available to all consumers upon request.

Your information will be shared with other area agencies that participate in HMIS, unless you request that your information remain closed (confidential). Keeping your information closed means that your information will only be available to case workers and intake workers within this agency. If you are interested in keeping your records closed, please talk to a case manager or intake worker.

Public Notice (Federal Register/Vol. 69, No. 146)

Effective August 30, 2004

Contact Us

If space is not available in one of our homeless shelters, our case managers will provide you with a list of available options in your community.

Eau Claire: 715-836-7511
Independence: 715-985-2391
Toll Free: 1-800-782-1063


Our homeless shelters
are funded in part by:

United Way of the
Greater Chippewa Valley

Great Rivers United Way

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