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Homeless shelter for families coming to Marshfield

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

The Marshfield non profit St. Vincent de Paul is helping build a new homeless shelter for families.

People who find themselves homeless can often turn to a local shelter for help.

But for entire families that's not always the case.

"We have a facility here in town that accepts homeless individuals, but we don't have anywhere for families to go," said organizer Deb Steltenpohl.

But in Marshfield, homeless families will soon have some help in their corner.

"We determined that there was a need in the city of Marshfield for families with kids for homeless shelters," said organizer Dennis Boucher.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 3.5 million people this year will experience homelessness.

Forty-two percent of those people are families with children.

Project organizers hope this new shelter will make a dent in those statistics.

Construction crews broke ground on this project back in May and are hoping to have the 12,000 square foot building completed by this fall.

The shelter will house up to 28 different families for six to eight months at a time.

They'll have to undergo drug checks, room inspections, and meet with case workers.

"It's not going to be a free handout, it's going to have to be something that they're going to have to work at and really want to be there, and want to get back on their feet," added Boucher.

We reached out to a few neighbors who live near the new shelter.

They say they support the project.

Organizers add that they're in need of volunteers to help with the construction part of the project.

If your interested in volunteering you can head to the St. Vincent de Paul website at http://www.stvincentsmarshfield.org/ 

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