County Materials Helps Grace Place Emergency Shelter Residents Get Back on Their Feet
June 1, 2021

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County Materials Helps Grace Place Emergency Shelter Residents Get Back on Their Feet

Grace Place Emergency Shelter, located in the St. Croix River Valley, supports more than 350 individuals each year as they face some of the most challenging times of their life. The 24-hour shelter welcomes new residents and assesses their situations to provide the best service and care possible. Residents are matched with a case manager who works alongside them to establish and accomplish goals, such as finding employment, attending mental or physical health appointments, ensuring resources are applied for, and securing safe, long-term housing. 

Grace Place case managers approach the path to healing and independence in a way that makes sense for each resident and their situation. When Katie came to Grace Place, she received a safe, comfortable place to sleep and a case manager dedicated to helping her get back on her feet. 

After losing her home and custody of her child, Katie became homeless and increasingly hopeless. Without a sense of stability in her life or financial support to get help, Katie’s debilitating medical conditions worsened. She felt stuck without an end in sight and knew it was time to get help. Katie arrived at Grace Place with two goals: finding permanent housing and regaining custody of her daughter. Because she had been homeless for an extended period of time and faced additional adversities, her case manager was able to put her on the state’s list for specialized housing. Grace Place helped Katie get into an apartment of her own, completely paid for through the Permanent Support Housing Program, which has an open-ended timeline, so she can stay there as long as it takes. With a place to call home and support from her case manager, Katie regained custody of her daughter. 

The day I got the call, I didn’t believe it was true. Getting an apartment was the last piece I needed to get my daughter back. I’m so grateful for Grace Place and all of their help.” – Katie, Former Grace Place Resident

County Materials, through the Sonnentag Foundation, provides Grace Place the resources needed to help residents become more confident and independent. This year, in celebration of our company’s 75th anniversary, County Materials is committed to share 75 Stories of Impact, featuring organizations that receive funding from the Sonnentag Foundation and are part of the communities where we have locations. 

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