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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

August 29, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 1-3:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-HOMELESS SHELTER STRUGGLES

MADISON, Wis. — After losing $350,000 in federal grants last year, residents and employees at the Madison homeless shelter Safe Haven say it has survived but is struggling. The Far East Side shelter, which serves homeless people with mental illnesses, almost closed when the Department of Housing and Urban Development cut its funding. Donations of about $243,000 and $100,000 in one-time funds from Dane County put the shelter back on its feet. But the lack of consistent funding has stretched the shelter thin in staffing and resources. By Isabella Dally Steele, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 878 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-LGBTQ COUNSELING CENTER

MADISON, Wis. — Therapist Chelsea O’Neil Karcher, who identifies as queer, and her partner Owen Karcher, who identifies as a queer transgender man, knew there weren’t many mental health providers specializing in the LGBTQ population. So the pair started their own counseling practice, the Center for Community Healing, in 2017. The vast majority of their clients are in the LGBTQ community, and everything about the office — from the website to the pillows to the paint colors — was chosen to ensure everyone, especially the frequently marginalized, feels safe there. By Lisa Speckhard Pasque, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1305 words.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-TEEN ADDICT RECOVERY

ELKHORN, Wis. — Hailey Beles is the second-youngest person to start Walworth County Drug Court in Elkhorn. She’s now 19, and she said she started using drugs at 13. Judge David Reddy has criticized Hailey’s attitude in her sessions, which has become a thread connecting her last five months in drug court. Hailey’s problems in the program have been behavioral, not substance-related. She has not faced any drug-related sanctions in the program, and she credits her son with giving her the motivation to stay clean. By Jonah Beleckis, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2089 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CHURCH BELL RESTORED

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — An old bell has a new home. This summer, St. Mark Lutheran Church in Eau Claire had a steel bell tower erected on its property at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and State Street. The 1,600-pound brass bell, which the congregation has owned since 1971, hangs near the top of the 22.5-foot tower. By Christena O’Brien, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 678 words, photos.

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