Author: Crystal

Shopko Foundation gives $2.5 million in final gift to the community

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The closing of Shopko doesn’t only mean the disappearance of thousands of jobs, it’s also a devastating loss to local organizations who rely on grants from the company’s charitable foundation. In the past 39 years, the Shopko Foundation has given over $35 million in grants to support everything from health to education. On Tuesday, the Foundation’s Michelle Hansen went on a farewell tour to hand out one last gift to the community, and she invited NBC26 to join her.

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Concerns About Shelter for Homeless Grow as Temperatures Drop

GREEN BAY, Wis. – As the temperatures continue to drop homeless shelters in our area are seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to seek protection from the elements,

The Department of Housing and Urban Development just released the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

The numbers show that there are about 5,000 homeless people in Wisconsin and as the winter season wears on concerns about where those homeless will stay are growing.

Evidence of this week’s heavy snowfall sits atop the Freedom House in Green Bay.

If you’re homeless this much snow makes finding a place to sleep difficult.

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Sesame Street creates homeless storyline

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Sesame Street revealed a new storyline for Muppet Lily on Wednesday.

The children’s program first introduced Lily in 2011. She originally portrayed food insecurity as part of a family without consistent access to food. Now, her storyline has changed, and for the first time on Sesame Street, Lily represents a homeless child.

Her journey is not being aired on TV episodes of “Sesame Street” right now. Instead, videos of Lily can be found online along with other stories and resources.

“Sesame Street has a history of addressing sensitive topics in different ways,” said Sandy Kallunki, Youth Services Manager at the Brown County Library.

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Freedom House cuts ribbon on renovations

Freedom House in Green Bay held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to reveal a renovation project.

Newly renovated living room at Freedom House for homeless families (WBAY photo)

The Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce put together a team of local business professionals to do some work in the community. It’s part of a “Leadership Green Bay” class.

The group worked to make the dining and living room at Freedom House better for homeless families who stay there.

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