On Friday, June 13, 2008, Glenville Timberwrights, a timber frame home builder in central Wisconsin, was devastated by the loss of their business’ building due to massive flooding. The loss occurred during the height of the construction season and Glenville Timberwright had signed contracts that needed to be filled, deadlines to be met and clients and subcontractors depending on their business. The business struggled to find space for their materials to keep their business afloat. Then, at the peak of the crisis, the economy and the construction industry took a nose dive. Banks stopped lending no matter what the business’ legacy or great credit history. In dire need, Glenville Timberwrights turned to Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency (CWCAC). CWCAC had received funds from the USDA for flood-impacted businesses. By the anniversary of the flood, Glenville Timberwrights’ new building was erected. Fast forward to 2015. Glenville Timberwight’s has a beautiful, energy-efficient building are proud to say that our core group of employees is still working full time with the company. To date, a large amount of the loaned money has been repaid and Glenville Timberwrights has successfully survived its crisis. Continue reading
The Delavan-Darien School District reports sixty-nine percent of its students receive free or reduced lunch, a number second only to Milwaukee Public Schools in a review of poverty in Wisconsin’s schools. The manager of Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless, located in the Town of Darien, sees this statistic as part of a larger trend of serving the working poor.
“Last year 22% of the homeless people who entered Twin Oaks already had employment and this year 29% entered with employment in place,” says manager Renae Mitchell. “In some cases people may even be working more than one job but their income still is not enough to meet obligations like child support, living expenses and rent.”
Living in poverty profoundly affects these families. Continue reading