New homeless shelter in West Bend on track to open in February 2018

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Nov. 25, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Construction on Karl’s Place, a homeless shelter on Water Street in West Bend, is moving along smoothly according to American Construction Services of West Bend.

The groundbreaking on the $1.4 million project was Sept. 5.  According to Todd Weyker, vice president of operations at American Construction Services, the project is expected to be completed in February 2018.

“Years ago we recognized our ultimate goal was permanent housing to eliminate homeless,” said West Bend Police Chief Ken Meuler.  “Through this emergency shelter we’ll be able to offer support services and transitional living.”

American Construction Services is excited to continue working with local causes.

American Companies are proud to be the go-to source for Design-Build-Develop needs.

Family Promise of Washington County will be the owner and operator of the facility which will house up to 18 men and women with 6 supportive housing apartments.  The shelter will be staffed 24 hours a day and will address the needs of the individuals and assist them with access to food and shelter and assistance to gain employment and manage money.


The facility is called Karl’s Place in honor of Karl Glunz of Richfield.

“There is a need in Washington County for homeless singles, women and men,” said Glunz. “We’ve experience the need over the past four to five years and now we have the opportunity to provide them one building,for both men and women, with all the services they need to work themselves toward independent living.”

Glunz has lived in Richfield for 15 years. He has been a member of St. Vincent De Paul for 52 years.

“St. Vincent De Paul is always interested in serving the poor and the needy and food, shelter and clothing is part of the mission,” he said.

Many thanks were given to financial supporters of the project including Tonnie and Tim Schmidt from Delta Defense, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Schlagel Foundation, Prescott Family Foundation, United Way Washington County, WHEDA, St. Vincent De Paul, West Bend Mutual Insurance and the Ziegler Family Foundation.


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