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.1991 rE i )ffi i )OD GO ILT5 ,l )ND uP 'I "ID5 FT5 -IEN "ID5 UP NT .:,ll Groundbrealdng held at St. Joseph, County I There was excitement inthe air at St. Joseph Church, VanderburghCounty, last Monday as ground was broken for a $1.4 million building project. The parish project will be completed in two stages. The first stage includes a multi-purpose building, school administration offices and a parish meeting room. The second phase will feature new classrooms, win- dows and air-c0nditioning. Above, Father Dick Wildeman, pastor, Emily Freeman, Jim Werner and Martha Baehl break ground for the new buildln8 project. At right, kindergarten students Brandon Johnson and Megan Schneider prepare to release balloons. -- Message photos by Mary Ann Hughes Ozanam Family Shelters begin capital campaign By PAUL R. LEINGANG vices, and Mehringer expects During 1996, Ozanam Family served basis. Basic needs of -- a decision is expected Men- Message editor the need to increase for emer- Shelters provided shelter for 379 food, shelter and personal care day, Sept. 29. If the city money is The' facts of the present are clear, but the future is uncertain both for homeless families and the people who are trying :o provid6 emergency shelter !or them. Welfare reform and changes in social programs have already had an impact, according to Marlene Mehringer, manager of Ozanarn Family Shelters. Other agencies have already noticed an increase in requests for ser- gency shelter, too. "No one really knows what is really going to happen in the long run," Mehringer said. "But we foresee that in 1998 there will be increased homelessness due to benefits being dropped." A 1995 survey by the Evans- ville Coalition for the Homeless categorized more than 400 fami- lies  homeless each month in the Evansville area during 1995. Almost 3,000 children were reported as homeless during 1995. To the Catholics of the Diocese of Evansville: This edition is one of six issues of the Message to be mailed to every registered Catholic household this year. Two dollars of each Catholic Church member's contribution pays for these diocesan-wide subscriptions. How many young men are preparing for the priesthood for the Diocese of Evansville? What about religious life? Twelve men are currently enrolled at various levels Of edu- cation and formation, according to Father Bernie Etienne in the Vocations office. Seventeen women are in formation for vowed religious life, at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. Photos and information are found on pages 8 and 9. families -- a total of 787 indi- viduals, including 447 children. In thefirst six months of 1997, Ozanam provided emergency housing to 125 families w a total of 365 individuals, includ- ing 203 children. Most emergency shelters are organized to help single males, single females, and battered women with children. Approx- imately 29 percent of the adults who seek assistance do not fall into these categories. The Ozanam Family Shelter Corporation operates the only family shelter facilities in the Evansville area. They can pro- vide emergency shelter for up to 45 days, for as many as nine fam- ilies, at each of two locations. That means they provide emergency shelter services to homeless families, without charge, on a first come first items are included. Ozanam Family Shelters operates at St. Anthony Family Life Center and at another building on Read Street. A recent study showed that dur- ing two-thirds of the time, 11 or more families needed emer- gency shelter. That is more than either one of the two buildings can provide. To continue to serve tle need, and to be ready for the future, Ozanam has begun a capital campaign, to raise $240,000 the amount needed to fix up the Reed Street facili,. Plans are to tear down and rebuild the east half of the building u portions of which date back to 1894 and rest on a brick foundation that is crum- bling. The City of Evansville may provide $100,000 of that amount Enrollment ........................... Page 2 Respecting Life ....................... Page 3 Christmas Store ..................... Page 19 awarded, campaign workers will have until March 1 to raise the rest of what they need, or lose the city funding too. If the campaign is successful, construction will start next sum- met, and homeless families will have emergency shelter in the near future.