Many circumstances can lead to homelessness. An unexpected medical bill or car repair are the two most common reasons for homeless families to seek shelter at Freedom House.At our location on the east side of Green Bay, Freedom House offers emergency shelter, food, basic hygiene items and the support and comprehensive programming to help families get back out on their own. Each family leaves with an individualized budget and the skills and knowledge they need to be on their own. Families can apply to live at our west side location, a Transitional Living Program (subsidized rental units) where they continue to work to reduce their debt and rehabilitate their credit. Freedom House families are also offered our Aftercare Program for general support and access to the many donations Freedom House receives. This takes some stress of their monthly budget and prevents a second shelter stay.
Who We AreFreedom House is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization started by a handful of concerned Christian individuals in 1992. For 26 years, Matthew 25:35 has provided the foundation for our work:
…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. Matthew 25:35The mission of Freedom House is to equip families with the skills and resources needed to become self-sufficient and to maintain self-sufficiency. Freedom House serves a diverse population of homeless families with children through its emergency shelter on the east side of Green Bay and its campus on the west side of Green Bay called The Bridge. Freedom House began as a four bedroom house on N. Irwin Avenue in Green Bay and served four families at a time. In 2003, Freedom House acquired and moved to its current shelter location at 2997 St. Anthony Drive in the Schmitt Park neighborhood of Green Bay. Up to 12 families or 50 people reside at the east side location at any one time. In 2014, Freedom House expanded its reach to the far west side of Green Bay where its campus, called The Bridge, is located at 840-842 N. Taylor Street. 9 families reside in the subsidized apartments or a transitional living program called The Bridge.
Our core values are:
- We speak the truth in love -Ephesians 4:15
- We are kind, gentle, compassionate, humble and patient -Colossians 3:12
- We treat everyone with respect and dignity -Colossians 3:12
- We are strong in the Lord and the power of His might -Ephesians 6:10