Overwhelming needs for Grace Place prompt benefitDuana Bremer wondered if the demographics were changing. “We usually have three families and the rest single,” Bremer, director of Grace Place in Somerset, said. “Now we have five families with 10 children total -- have never seen that many kids before.”
By: Tom Lindfors, New Richmond News
Duana Bremer wondered if the demographics were changing.
“We usually have three families and the rest single,” Bremer, director of Grace Place in Somerset, said. “Now we have five families with 10 children total -- have never seen that many kids before.”
Grace Place, a 24-hour staffed homeless shelter, serves the Polk and St. Croix counties along with three other facilities -- Faith House in New Richmond, House of Blessings in Osceola and the newly opened Serenity House in Balsam Lake. All are full and have waiting lists.
“The first year Grace Place was open (about five years ago) we had 1,500 shelter nights,” Bremer said. “This year, we’ve had 8,500.”
Because of this increased demand, Ready Randy’s in New Richmond is hosting a wine/beer tasting and silent auction to benefit Grace Place on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Attendees will be able to sample wines and beers from local businesses B. Dalton Liquor, 45 Parallel and St. Croix Valley Winery.
Douville Bakery is providing the desserts, The Bean Bag is providing the coffee and Ready Randy’s is making the appetizers.
A silent auction is also scheduled featuring such items as a 3-month YMCA membership and a week stay at Yellow Lake Lodge.
Wrapping up the evening will be a concert by Stampede.
Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door. The cost includes wine/beer tasting, desserts, appetizers and admission to the Stampede concert.
“This is our seventh year; last year we sold about 200 tickets,” said Jackie Rivard, Banquet Manager of Ready Randy’s.
Rivard also said that they are going to do a “Stuff the Truck” event the week of Nov. 23. A truck will be parked outside the facility that will accept food donations, phone cards, paper products and personal items under $10. Everything will be taken to Grace Place for their residents.
For those wishing to make a donation, contact Jackie Rivard at Ready Randy’s 246-4446. All proceeds from the benefit go to Grace Place.