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June 2014 Jefferson Award: Dennis Boucher

MARSHFIELD (WAOW)-- A Marshfield man is the Jefferson Award winner for the month of June.

Dennis Boucher saw a need for housing homeless families in his community. Two existing shelter accept battered women or men, but Boucher wanted to see a transitional shelter built to keep families together when faced with losing their home.

He worked on the plan for four years and during the last two focused on fundraising and seeking donated materials for a shelter.

In April, the Frederick Ozanam Transitional Shelter opened.

"I did it to help. I have been blessed," said Boucher.

Right now, the two and three-bedroom apartments in the shelter are nearly full. Boucher encourages others to volunteer.

"Get a project you really believe in and get behind it and you will get a good feeling from helping others," said Boucher
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