The Emergency Shelter & the Community
Collaborations and Partnerships
The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley is a member agency of the Fox Cities Housing Coalition and the Fox Cities Community Council, and makes it a high priority to practice best use of resources for the maximum benefit of our clients and the least duplication of other existing services in our community. The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley recognizes the need to create and maintain both formal and informal collaborations with other community agencies to ensure the best housing outcomes for the homeless families and individuals we serve. The following information is a snap shot of some of the relationships both formal and informal that the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley has with other agencies in the community. This list is not exhaustive, but captures the major areas of regular collaboration and interaction.
The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley works closely with all local agencies that formally provide support services. Support services is another name for intense, on-going case management provided to families and individuals who, without these services would be unable to maintain community-based housing. Some of the most critical agencies we work with include the transitional housing providers; Salvation Army, Housing Partnership, ADVOCAP and COTS. Additionally, we work with agencies that provide support services but not housing such as the County Economic Support Departments, County Mental Health Departments, County Child Protective Services and the Salvation Army's Resource Center. The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley staff also works closely with the Probation and Parole staff within the Department of Corrections to ensure maximum collaboration and consistent planning between our two agencies. Finally, we coordinate with the providers of housing subsidies that do not provide support services such as the Housing Authorities and LEAVEN.
Click for the Continuum of Care flow chart. This chart shows how clients connect to the support services and housing they need.
The Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley collaborates with many agencies in our community to maximize the services available to the homeless we serve. In addition to trying to connect persons to community based service providers. The Emergency Shelter provides voluntary support services (assistance) to families and individuals who have left the shelter but do not have a social worker or other supportive services provider. We call this program Prevention Program Case Management. Unlike traditional model of support services, our services are provided on demand and require the client to make contact with us. This helps to keep the costs down, however, providing support services in this manner is not as effective as proactive support services have been shown to be.
Formal Collaborations of the Emergency Shelter
American Red Cross - Diapers, emergency assistance.
Appleton Police Department - We work closely with APD and have an assigned liaison officer to ensure ongoing communication and to enhance safety of staff and residents.
BABES - Respite care for families.
Boys & Girls Club - After school care, counseling, prevention services to youth and families.
Child Resource and Referral - Services to residents to locate and secure certified day care providers.
County Health and Human Services - Provides a whole range of direct supportive services. Provides a staff person 20 hours per week to work on-site for the purpose of enrolling and qualifying families and individuals for County Assistance, economic assistance, emergency assistance, energy assistance, Child Care assistance, Mental Health services (including coming to the Shelter to evaluate clients),W-2, Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, Job Access Loans, Job Readiness Training, for residents of Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet Counties. Guidance can be provided to state benefit recipients on how best to use and communicate with the staff from the counties where benefit eligibility has been established.
Fair Housing Center - Provides monthly classroom instruction on discrimination prevention and tenant rights. Also provides housing advocacy and representation in cases of housing discrimination.
FISC - Provides weekly group financial counseling sessions to residents addressing basic budgeting, earned income tax credit, the emotions of money, debt management and credit reports.
Fox Valley Technical College - Provides faculty to the on-site GOAL Lab and provides career advising 4 days per week. College OT students conduct life skill training classes monthly with residents to train basic skills in cooking, cleaning, interpersonal relationships and communication.
Fox Cities Community Health Center - On-site health and mental health services provided to residents with and without insurance or MA. Services include also referral to additional health care providers and assistance in connecting to mainstream healthcare providers for long-term health and wellness care.
Goodwill - Clothing and household items, vocational training programs, wellness programs.
Harbor House - Shelter for domestic violence victims, counseling and services for victims and perpetrators and education for individuals and the community.
Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities - Transitional housing and subsidized housing, continuation of life skills training and case management.
LEAVEN - Financial assistance (Cash), energy assistance provided to the homeless and at-risk, transportation.
Legal Action - Provides staff once weekly on-site to assess and intake potential clients.
Salvation Army - Transitional housing for single adults, food pantry.
Sexual Assault Crisis Center - Services to victims.
Social Security Administration - Long term financial assistance and disability benefits.
St. Vincent DePaul - Clothing and household items, on-going direct financial support.
UW-Extension - Rent Smart curriculum taught by a certified instructor.
UW-Green Bay - Internship site.
UW-Oshkosh - Internship site, UWO Nursing students the ESFV as clinic site for Nursing Students to teach classes.
Valley Packaging Industries - Provides work experiences and vocational services (ESL, job training, etc.)
Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin
YMCA Children's Program - Educational programming provided to children in the Emergency Shelter focused on the development of life skills and developmentally appropriate skills. The YMCA also provides up to five hours daily of free day care for each family. Clients can be referred at no charge to use the recreational facilities at the downtown YMCA.
Minority Service Groups
Hmong American Partnership
Native American Intercultural Center
ADVOCAP - Transitional Housing, home ownership, IDA.
Appleton Housing Authority - Section 8, Public Housing, home ownership preparation.
COTS - Quasi-transitional housing (transitional shelter) for adults.
Housing Partnership - Transitional Housing, Affordable Housing, Permanent housing with support services.
Kaukauna Housing Authority - Public Housing
Outagamie Housing Authority - Public Housing
Salvation Army - Transitional Housing, support services for the disabled.
Winnebago Housing Authority - Section 8, Public Housing, Home Ownership
Section 118 and 202 Providers - RoundHouse, Parkview, Appleblossom, etc. Subsidized housing units.
Market Rate Landlords - Housing units, ESFV works closely with providers of privately subsidized housing in the Fox Valley
Mental Health Providers
Lutheran Social Services
If your organization should be listed here or if your information has changed, please contact us.