The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley was first established in 1981 as a means to serve homeless men, women and children by providing temporary shelter at local motels. In 1983, the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley was able to lease a house from Outagamie County to provide shelter to men only. In 1987, the Emergency shelter of the Fox Valley was able to purchase this home and at that time provided 14 beds, and 2 cribs to provide shelter to homeless individuals and families. This home was later expanded to be able to provide 23 bed / 2 crib capacity. Unfortunately this was not enough, and in 1997 our current facility, located at 400 N. Division Street was built to serve up to 75 persons.
The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley provides safe and secure short term shelter for men, women and families. Along with providing shelter, the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley also provides basic needs such as nutritional meals, hygiene items, transportation assistance, laundry and shower facilities.
The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley also provides Case Management services to its residents as a means to assess barriers that one may need to overcome in order to maintain employment, housing and get connected with services in our community. Along with these services, the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley also provides residents with access to physical and mental health services, vocational skills assessment and training, legal services and economic support services. In addition to this, the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley also provides a daily in-house class that covers topics relating to employment, housing and financial literacy to help residents build the skills they need to become self-sufficient and independent members of the community.