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Wausau church reaching out to help the homeless


A Wausau church is working to feed and clothe the homeless. With winter quickly approaching, their next concern is finding a warm place to do it.

Just as many people spent their Sunday, the Packers game was turned on at Big Bull Falls Park in Wausau.

"It turned into let's bring them lunch, some people from Downtown Mission Church," said Bridget Groth, Downtown Mission Church volunteer.

The Downtown Mission Church has been coming to the park's gazebo, every Sunday, for the past three months.

Volunteers bring food and clothes to give to Wausau's homeless.

Organizers said they help about 30 people each Sunday.

"They're just normal people that just had something happen in their life that brought them to a place that just got them stuck," said Groth.

Lance Shoemaker comes every week.

"It's made me stronger, the will to live and survive is stronger than it's ever been," said Shoemaker.

He lost his job two and half years ago.

"You can't pay your rent, you get put on the street, you ain't got no address, no phone, it's hard to find another job too," said Shoemaker.

Shoemaker said every bit of help drives him to succeed.

"You do it long enough, you start to kind of like give up, you know, and that's not where you need to be to get out of it," said Shoemaker.

But the next concern is how to survive the winter. Some have been living under a Wausau bridge.

"It's not an easy life, it's not good right now, it's cold enough as it is," said Shoemaker.

Now, church volunteers are searching for a place to continue their efforts.

"Something will open up, I have total faith in that," said Groth.

People like Shoemaker are doing what they can to stay safe and warm.

"All you can do is just double up on clothing and whatnot," said Shoemaker.

No matter where they go, volunteers said they'll be ready to help.

The Downtown Mission Church is accepting food and clothing donations to help the homeless.


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