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Wausau residents learn about homeless community programs

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The Housing and Homelessness Coalition of Marathon County hosted the "2016 The Road Home Bus Tour" that showed dozens of Wausau-area residents how organizations are helping the homeless community.

The tour stopped at organizations such as the Salvation Army, Randlin Adult Family Care Homes, and the Community Warming Center.

The stops illustrated the struggles that plague the homeless community, from abusive relationships to drug and alcohol dependence, but also showcased how many in the homeless population use outreach programs to overcome their obstacles.

At the Salvation Army's transitional living facility, a homeless individual can live there for up to 90 days, and they are also assigned a personal case manager who helps them find work and affordable housing, and also addresses addiction issues. 

"They're able to have that connection, that support system that really is what a lot of people need, they just need somebody they can talk to," Ed Wilson, the social services director, said.

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