Programs & Community Impact
Our Neighbors’ Place, Inc. (ONP) is award-winning nonprofit organization providing support, shelter, and housing services to foster self-determination in Pierce and St. Croix counties. ONP supports the community with four programs designed to help meet basic needs with a holistic approach to strengthening families. Our Day Center provides comprehensive housing support and general advocacy. Our transitional housing program supports a family’s need for shelter and security. The backpack program works to meet the nutritional needs of our community’s children, and our Closet store helps meet a community need for free or reduced price clothing. In 2016, we connected 29 households with housing, delivered 1,393 backpacks to hungry children, and touched over 1,648 individuals with our Day Center.
Since 2010, Our Neighbors’ Place Backpack Program, a partnership with Ezekiel Lutheran Church and the River Falls School District, has provided food to students on weekends during the school year when other resources, such as free and reduced-price school lunches, are not available. Backpacks filled with items from all the food groups, are distributed at the end of each week to approximately 45 children attending school in the River Falls School District. In 2015, we gave away over 20,000 pounds of food to area schoolchildren.
Since 2009, The Day Center has functioned as a one-stop shop for homeless and low-income social services. In addition to access to other providers, we offer laundry service, a mailing address, taxi vouchers for transportation to work, clinic and Workforce Resource Center, voice mail, phone, a public shower, access to a kitchen and food, and an office location for the Salvation Army. Guests also have an option to work with a professional case manager to address their individual situation.
Transitional Housing for Families
Our Neighbors' Place operates a Transitional Housing for Families in River Falls, WI. for residents of St. Croix and Pierce Counties. In this program, client families work with a professional case manager for up to 24 months as they work toward achieving their long-term housing, employment, and personal goals. Currently, ONP maintains a recently refurbished 4-plex building, consisting of two 2-bedroom and 2-three bedroom units.
Located at the Day Center for ease of access, our Community Closet is available for both guests and the general public alike. For those struggling to find affordable clothing, we offer redeemable clothing vouchers which allow guests to shop for free. For the public, we offer very low pricing. Any profits made from the sale of clothing is then used to purchase undergarments and other seasonal items which may be difficult to keep stocked. Note: All donations to The Closet are tax deductible! Drop by the Day Center with your donations today.
Community Closet Store