It’s true – homelessness is a serious issue in our community. And what we know is that every community issue requires a community solution. The SEE ME campaign raises awareness about people experiencing homelessness in the Green Bay area and asks, “How will you be part of the solution?”
CITY SIDEWALKS ARE TELLING A STORY OF HOMELESSNESS IN GREEN BAY
GREEN BAY, Wis., JULY 23, 2019 – “I’m a Dad. I’m a Survivor. I Love to Meet New People” says one image signed “Jason.” The “See Me” campaign from St. John’s Homeless Shelter, The Micah Center and Wellspring aims to raise awareness about people experiencing or at-risk for homelessness in the greater Green Bay area. Each image represents someone served at one of St. John’s three programs.
“The guests who come to St. John’s are so much more than a singular identity of ‘homeless.’ Each person is someone’s son or daughter, each person has hopes, dreams and qualities that make them unique,” says Alexa Priddy, St. John’s Director of Community Engagement.
Homelessness is an issue far too many people face in Green Bay, but many others don’t know about. The City of Green Bay has partnered with St. John’s to raise awareness about homelessness in the Green Bay community. “We hope families will come downtown to events, look for the sidewalk images and connect with the stories and the people,” says Laura Schley, Public Arts Coordinator.
On Thursday, July 25, at 9 a.m. Mayor Genrich and St. John’s Executive Director Alexia Wood will unveil the “See Me” campaign in front of City Hall and media is invited to attend. The “See Me” sidewalk images will remain installed on city sidewalks through the remainder of the summer. People interested in learning more should visit www.iamstjohns.org or stop by one of St. John’s three locations at St. John’s Homeless Shelter, The Micah Center or Wellspring.
See Me Locations:
- Dousman and Broadway
- Hubbard and Broadway
- Main and N. Washington
- N. Jefferson/City Hall
- S. Washington and E. Walnut
- Fox River Trail near St. Brendan’s
- Leicht Memorial Park
Faces of our Guests
(Photographs by Scott Eastman, Great Scott Images)
Share the “I am St. John’s” message. We’d love to walk around a summer festival or see a post on social media and see you wearing an “I am St. John’s” t-shirt, sticker or simply sharing the www.iamstjohns.org webpage. This visibility let’s people know that homelessness is an issue we are aware of and confronting as a community. It provides realistic and tangible opportunities for all people to become part of our work to address homelessness in the greater Green Bay area.“I am St. John’s” means “I am part of the solution to homelessness.”
Volunteer at St. John’s Homeless Shelter, The Micah Center or Wellspring. It could be a one-time project with a service group or an ongoing donation of your time for serving meals or other activities. We want to learn more about you and the unique talents and skills you have. Become a Volunteer!
Hold an event that raises awareness and funds for St. John’s, The Micah Center and Wellspring. From kids starting lemonade stands to families forming neighborhood clothes drives, the the options are limitless. Contact us with your ideas!
Give “Wish List” items. Each month a new “wish list” of items we need is posted to our website and on Facebook. Donating these items helps us meet the needs of our guests directly. You never know what you may have laying around your home that could be a life-saver for someone else.
Attend or Sponsor our Annual Restoring Hope Gala. Each November our signature fundraiser brings in much-needed financial support. Because we don’t accept government funds, we are sustained by individual donations, sponsorship and foundation support. By attending the Restoring Hope Gala, you are having a fun night with friends and delicious food all in the name of giving back. Go to the Restoring Hope Gala webpage!
Become a Monthly Sustainer. Giving back to St. John’s through a monthly gift is an ideal way to make your commitment last all year-round. We understand and know that for many people it is more realistic to give a little each month than a greater amount all at once. Become a Monthly Sustainer!
Become a Corporate Partner. St. John’s knows that we need a community of people and businesses to truly address homelessness in greater Green Bay. We are looking to partner strategically with businesses who know that they play a vital role in making our communities a better place to live, work and play. Contact us!