GREEN BAY (NBC 26) – Safe Shelter in Green Bay has been in operation since November 2021 and since the facility opened it has seen an influx of people who have no place to stay.
“I know a family came in and they stayed in their car for seven weeks before they took shelter,” said Pearl Webster, executive director of Safe Shelter.
Webster explained that they relied on an Emergency Solutions Grant to keep the shelter running. However, with the grant expiring on Thursday, they will need more money.
“It’s going to take a lot of work on our part to get out there and get grants. Because many, many [grantors] will not provide grants to an entity that is less than one or two years old and has not proven its ability to be successful,” Webster said.
In the meantime, as a member of the Oneida tribe, she relies on the help of the nation.
“…I can’t expect them to keep funding us. Our budget is $500,000 a year…” Webster said.
With the shelter’s current budget, she says she’s going to have to get creative.
“My plan is to really make personal visits to business units and foundations to use whatever grants I can access,” Webster said.
The shelter said it welcomes all walks of life and walks of life.
“I thought I had a responsibility to my native brothers and sisters so to speak. I saw a lot of them, so I knew it was there,” Webster said.
And it is not only adults who spend the night at the shelter, but also children.
Veterans are among those receiving assistance.
“The little ones come up and give you a hug and say ‘Hello Miss Pearl, how are you today?’ You might have the worst day in a shelter, but at the end of the day, you know you’re doing good and making a difference,” Webster said.
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