Since 1981, Homeless Connections has connected individuals and families to resources that promote independence and prevent future episodes of homelessness. In 1997, a 78-bed shelter was built to better serve the needs of our community. In addition to providing shelter, Homeless Connections provides services focused on street outreach, prevention, diversion and housing.
Founded in 1986, Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities works to enhance the dignity and independence of families by providing quality, afordable homes and exceptional supportive services. Housing programs have been created to serve the unique housing needs of various populations: mothers seeing domestic abuse, individuals who are chronically homeless, young adults, people with disabilities, veterans and others. What started as one home renovated by a group of volunteers now serves over 400 individuals annually
Starting as a rotating shelter in 2008 and later securing a shelter building in 2010, the Fox Valley Warming Shelter welcomes adult men and women experiencing homelessness. Today, the 55-person capacity shelter serves close to 600 individuals a year.
On October 1, 2018 the three organizations came together to become Pillars. Pillars stand the test of time and are a solid structure that will hold up our community for generations to come. As our community grows, it is inevitable that the need for shelter, support, and solutions will grow. Pillars is positioned to stand tall and continue to address the housing needs of our community.
Whether a single adult has the need to stay at Pillars Adult Shelter or a family with nowhere to go comes to Pillars Adult &. Family Shelter, we are here to provide our services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Clients are provided with personal care items and meals to meet their basic needs. Through Pillars Adult Shelter and Pillars Adult &. Family Shelter, we have the ability to serve up to 140 people. Moreover, through Pillars Housing Solutions, we help people achieve independence and quality of life by providing safe, affordable homes for almost 150 households.
Pillars goes beyond shelter by providing individuals with resources through a number of programs. Each program, while unique to a specific population, shares the common goals of securing and maintaining a home.
Pillars Resource Center is a hub of housing-related services in our community. It provides a safe, welcoming environment for people who are experiencing homelessness and connects them to resources and services.
Pillars Street Outreach Program connects individuals experiencing homelessness, who are also living with severe and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders, to housing and community resources.
Pillars Diversion Program is designed to eliminate the need to enter shelter by providing case management services off-site to individuals and families who are doubled-up with another household or precariously housed.
Pillars Case Management Program operates across all programs to provide intensive one-on-one support, connection to necessary resources, and assistance in securing affordable housing and a living wage income.
Pillars provides comprehensive solutions to individuals and families facing homelessness and housing challenges. Our talented team, broad range of resources and strong partnerships throughout the community ensure that we are able to meet the varied needs of our clients and help them achieve their goals.
Pillars Supportive Housing provides a critical 'next-step' out of shelter and is designed to meet the unique needs of specific populations: families fleeing domestic violence, young adults with mental health challenges, veterans in need of a home, individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, and more.
Pillars Affordable Housing ensures the security of affordable rent and an understanding landlord, giving individuals and families the opportunity to achieve their dreams.