SUPERIOR, WI — When temperatures dip below 20-degrees come this winter, the Ruth House will be open for those in need.
“We have had people come in with severe frostbite and hypothermia,” Christyna Foster, Ruth House Manager, says. “Those are real things people are experiencing if they don’t have a warm place to stay at night.”
The organization opened their doors to the community last year as an all-night warming center.
“The news of us quickly spread, and so there were nights where we were packing people into the warming center to keep them warm last year,” Foster says.
A 10 person cap in what was just a small rental home.
“How we were able to manage that is — I’m astounded that we were able to do that,” Foster says. “It was packed full every single day of the year.”
Then, they were given a gift.
“This building was donated to our organization, so we know longer have a mortgage payment or a house payment,” Foster says.
In their new building, Foster says the Ruth House will be able to house up to 50 people overnight.
“Our numbers are going to be able to go through the roof as far as people that can come in at night,” Foster says.
With 3-times more space under their new roof, the volunteer-based group has a home for years to come.
“For us, it’s a work of the heart. You know, it’s just a work of wanting to be able to help people,” Foster says. “This was a complete gift that our organization will be able to use forever on.”
The Ruth House warming center will be open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. when temperatures reach 20-degrees or below.