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INTAKE INTERVIEWS AND EVALUATIONS are made to determine appropriateness.

HOUSING is provided in dormitory and private rooms which are safe and clean.

NUTRITIONAL MEALS are provided to prevent further physiological deterioration and to promote good health.

LIMITED EXTERNAL MEDICAL SERVICES are available through formal and informal referrals.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING is offered to each resident to provide a one-on-one structure and growth opportunity.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH and opportunities for sharing are provided through group worship experiences and private counseling with Corps Officers.

BASIC LIVING SKILLS TRAINING is offered to all residents to sharpen basic living skills.

BARRIERS TO CHANGE is offered to all to enable residents to lose bad habits and gain new perceptions.



 Shelter Mission/Purpose Statement

The mission of The Salvation Army Shelter is to work with homeless families and individuals of Wausau and Marathon County to develop plans that enable them to achieve increased self sufficiency, reduced dependence on public assistance, improve independent living skills, develop greater self-determination, and secure and maintain permanent housing.

The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter opened in May of 1993.  The Shelter is located at 113 S 2nd Ave, Wausau.  The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter provides meals, shelter, and other services to persons experiencing homelessness.


  • Violence - Domestic Violence
  • Job Loss
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Illness - Physical and Mental
  • Unforeseen Disaster
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Disability
  • Family Breakdown
  • Loss of Social Support
  • Eviction
  • Lack of Resources
  • Previous Poor Choices

Who refers individuals/families to the shelter?

  • Self/Client
  • Relatives of the Client
  • Friends of the Client
  • Other Salvation Army Programs
  • Wausau Police Department
  • Sheriff's Department
  • Jail
  • Probation and Parole
  • Social Services
  • North Central Health Care
  • The American Red Cross
  • The Veterans Administration


  • Not using illegal drugs or alcohol while staying in the shelter
  • Individual is unable to afford housing
  • Individual does not have substantial savings
  • Not currently receiving Social Security Disability
  • Criminal background does not include sexual charges or convictions
  • No outstanding warrants for arrest
  • Capable of performing all daily skills independently
  • Actively seeking employment and/or attending NTC's Goal Lab
  • In no acute mental health distress
  • Successful past admissions or documented changes in life to justify another chance/stay
  • Potential client wants to become self-reliant.


  • 90 days of Emergency shelter
  • Three meals a day
  • Basic living skills training
  • Barriers to Change training
  • Case Management
  • Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

How long is an average stay at the shelter?

  • Emergency shelter is defined as a 90 day or less stay in a 12 month period
  • Currently there is no time limit... stays average less than 35 days
  • United Way of Marathon County
  • Red Kettle Campaign
  • Shelter Booth during Red Kettle Campaign
  • Wisconsin Bureau of Housing
  • Private Donations


  • Twin Sized Sheets and Blankets
  • Pillows/Pillowcases
  • Toothbrushes/Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Razors/Shaving Cream
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
  • Liquid 'He' Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Cleaning Products (Lysol spray)
  • White Socks (adult)
  • Hats and Gloves
  • Kleenex
  • Bus Tokens/Passes

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'  The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

If you have any questions regarding The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, contact the Shelter Manager, Brittany Boyer at or call 845-4272.


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