University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Moving Crew for Housing First Clients

30 hours

Community partner: Western Dairyland
Supervisor: Shelly Hoversholm
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer We need help moving furniture and other items for our clients who are entering or leaving our housing first program and/or homeless shelters. Volunteers with a truck or trailer would be ideal, but not necessary. Assistance would be needed approximately three to four times a year for our homeless shelters and vary for our Housing First program. Volunteers would also be needed to assist in picking up furniture donations. Your assistance with this would be vital to helping house our local homeless.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer "Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. is a private, non-profit community action agency established June 6, 1966, under the Economic Opportunity Act to help disadvantaged individuals in the western Wisconsin counties of Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, and Trempealeau. The agency's mission is to alleviate poverty-related conditions and provide opportunities which enable people to advance economically and socially. Housing First, a new program from the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, provides housing and case management services to chronically homeless individuals and families in the city of Eau Claire. The Housing First model is simple: a homeless individual's primary need is stable housing, so we will provide housing first. Clients are given an assessment by a case manager, and those who are deemed most vulnerable are placed directly into apartments. The apartments are not all in one location, but spread throughout the community to help clients reintegrate more quickly. Once housing is provided, a case manager works with the clients in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment. In comparison, other homeless programs have moved clients through different levels of housing - temporary shelters, followed by short-term transitional units, and then subsidized housing."


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Should be able to lift potentially heavy items such as beds, couches, chairs, tables, and boxes.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer Assisting our clients by moving them into a stable environment where they can then work on underlying factors to their homelessness. This is a very vital part to start bettering their situation by giving them a home.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer Western Dairyland's hours are 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. This is when staff will be available to work with students and client's on the moving process. Students should have at least some availability during this time. 15 or 30 hours can be completed.


Additional information (not required).
Answer None