"Give Them Roots and Create Wings"

EPH E-News - September 2021

Bumps in the Road
Allie and her children stepped into one of our transitional homes late last year. The children had been missing school, and she needed someone willing to help her and her family without passing judgement. Allie and her case manager developed a set of goals and started her down the path toward self-sufficiency. 

Early on there were bumps in the road. Allie was exposed to COVID, quarantined, and her mother passed away. Losing her mother was a huge blow, so it took her a while to get back on track. Each setback made her a bit stronger.

One of her goals was to satisfy previous evictions. This became a collaborative effort between Allie, her case manager, and Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities walked Allie through the process of contacting the previous landlord’s attorneys and paid off her outstanding debts, clearing her record. After satisfying her evictions, an area landlord was willing to give her a chance. Allie’s case manager assured the landlord that EPH would continue to provide guidance and support even after leaving transitional housing.

As with most of the families served by EPH along with many other social service agencies, the path toward self-sufficiency is often filled with bumps in the road. But with Allie’s resiliency, each step backward resulted in two steps forward. 
More bumps in the road. Allie’s car broke down and she didn’t have enough money to cover the repairs. In working with the auto shop, they agreed to repair the car so she could get to work, but agreed to delay payment until the next paycheck. However, paying off the auto repair also impacted Allie’s ability to pay the entire security deposit. In hearing about Allie’s dilemma – fix the car and make it to work, or pay the entire security deposit and not have transportation to get to work - an anonymous donor stepped forward to help with the security deposit. 
According to Allie’s case manager, “Allie was a good example of how it often ‘takes a village.’ Allie was supported not only by EPH, but also Catholic Charities, an understanding landlord, the auto shop, and an anonymous donor.”
"Allie" with her children and grandson
overlooking their new back yard.
“When I met Allie, she was nervous, stressed and needed some support. She had been clean for three years but still felt the aftermath of what her addiction left as a trail for her to clean up. The kids were not going to school, they were living in one of the local shelters and just really needed someone that would help her without judgement.”

“I immediately could see the fire in her to make her life better.”

-Allie’s EPH Case Manager
EPH Open House
Sharing Our Mission and Ministry
Partnership church members, community partners, and volunteers were invited to an EPH open house the weekend of September 12th. Tours of the office were available, as well as one of the transitional housing homes which was remodeled between families. 

We made a few new friends! . We had many “tourists” say it was great learning what EPH has to offer firsthand. “It was great seeing all the support and caring that goes into making these houses a home.” One of EPH’s community partner also stated, “The open house was set up beautifully at the office and over at the transitional home. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with you!” 

We want to thank everyone who helped to make it happen and took the time to join us. We hope to do it again next year! 

If you are interested in volunteering
or have items you wish to donate,
please call Wendy at (920) 676-3779
Case Manager - Open Position
EPH has an opening for a case manager. This full-time position will support our transitional, long-term supportive, and prevention families. If you are interested, or know of someone, contact Hollie Smet at hollies@ephgb.org
EPH Wish List
Urgent Needs

  • Bed Pillows, New, Standard Size
  • Brooms
  • Mattress Pads, Full &Twin Sizes, New or Gently Uses. No Stains or Tears
  • Night Lights
  • 13 Gallon Garbage Bags, Small Count Boxes Please
  • Shower Curtain Liners
  • 60 Watt LED Light Bulbs
  • Flashlights

Please contact Wendy
at our EPH office:

To schedule a drop off time
or to volunteer.

Additional Needs

  • Alarm Clocks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Deodorant, Women’s
  • First Aid Kits
  • Furniture Polish, Such As Pledge
  • Laundry Pre-Treater (Such As Spray ‘N Wash; Regular Sizes, No Refill Size Bottles Please)
  • Paper Napkins, Small Packages
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors, Adult Use

Please consider making a donation to Ecumenical Partnership for Housing.

Any amount is appreciated.
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing 
is a 501(c3) organization, dedicated to finding permanent
solutions for families experiencing homelessness in Green Bay.