La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The Mayo Clinic Health System announced Friday that it will provide up to $25,000 in funding to support efforts to provide winter shelter in the city of La Crosse.
The money can be used for security, sleeping accommodations, food, utilities, and more.
During several cold days last month, the city opened several buildings to use as emergency shelters for the city’s homeless population.
As an example, in the four days around Christmas, the city said 25 to 30 people stayed at the Southside Neighborhood Center.
“Homelessness is dangerous to health, especially during winter,” said Paul Mueller, M.D., regional vice president of the Mayo Clinic Health System in southwest Wisconsin. We see patients in emergency departments who are injured or sick due to prolonged exposure to freezing cold, and supporting these emergency shelters prevents these challenges for unprotected community members I hope you can.”
Dr. Mueller said MCHS is happy to support the community in this way and encourages other organizations and companies to do the same.
If you would like to donate to the City’s Overflow Shelter Fund, Lacrosse Community Foundation.