Holy Family Warming Shelter


“..For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’” – Matthew 25:35-40


In collaboration with the community, Holy Family will open the Holy Family Warming Shelter to care for those who are homeless in our area.

The Holy Family Warming Shelter will operate on the Christian values of compassion, dignity, and care for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We will offer up to 30 individuals a warm, clean place to sleep; hot, nutritious meals; and access to community resources every night from November 15 through April this year, and once the space is renovated. With the Warming Shelter’s planned central location, the clients will have access to public transport, as well as many organizations located near downtown. It is our hope that through the shelter, those who are struggling will be able to move forward and take steps towards stability.

This shelter is open to single individuals only, both men and women over age 18. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis each night. Guests must bring identification (ID) to register when the shelter opens at 5:30 pm each night.

We are committed to working with government agencies, community organizations, and volunteers to provide the best care to those at the shelter, and to tackle the issue of homelessness from all angles. We have already had great support from community organizations and businesses, as well as the City of Fond du Lac, who has greatly helped through this process.

Support the Holy Family Warming Shelter

Numerous sources will fund the Holy Family Warming Shelter, including government grants, private donations, and corporate sponsorships. We are grateful for the support of the local churches and benefactors who have already contributed to this project to help bring it to fruition.

We of course welcome your involvement in this new mission. If you are interested in making a monetary donation the shelter, you are invited to do so online through our WeShare portal by clicking here. If you would like to mail in your contribution, please make your donation to Holy Family Catholic Community with Warming Shelter in the memo line and send it to Holy Family Catholic Community, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac, WI 54937

If you would like to contribute an item, we are in need of the following:

  • Men’s sweatpants – size medium
  • Men’s and women’s slippers
  • Men’s thermal tops and bottoms – all sizes
  • Men’s waterproof winter boots – size 10 and 11
  • Backpacks
  • Men’s belts
  • Women’s waterproof winter boots – size 9
  • Milk
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cereal
  • Bread or English muffins
  • Bus tokens

Please bring all donations to the Holy Family Parish Office, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du Lac, WI 54937.

You can also purchase items off our Amazon Wish List here, which is regularly updated with our most needed items.

Get involved at the Holy Family Warming Shelter

We are so grateful to all the members of our community who have volunteered at the Holy Family Warming Shelter these past two months. Our volunteers are amazing, and have been a huge help in assisting our shelter guests and staff. If you are interested in getting involved at the shelter, we are continually in need of volunteers on Friday and Saturday nights. To sign up, please fill out the form below. 

Please note: Thanks to the generosity of our community, we are no longer in need of meal donations. 

FAQs for our Guests

Potential Warming Shelter guests or those who interact with members of our community who may be potential guests are invited to read our frequently asked questions for more information about the Holy Family Warming Shelter. 

Thank you to Holy Family Warming Shelter Supporters!

Recently, The Catholic Community Foundation Awarded the Holy Family Warming Shelter a $10,000 grant to care for those who need it most in our community during the winter months. We are very grateful to the Catholic Community Foundation for their support. To learn more about the foundation, please visit legaciesoffaith.org.


Spreading the good news about the

Holy Family Warming Shelter

Click the below links to view media coverage of the Holy Family Warming Shelter.

  • Radio Plus Interview with Greg Stensland on September 21, 2023: click here.
  • Interview with FOX 11 on September 21, 2023: click here.
  • KFIZ article on September 25, 2023: click here.
  • Interview with NBC 26 on September 27, 2023: click here.
  • Story from the Fond du Lac Reporter on October 19, 2023: click here.