History

Our Beginning 

The Hebron House of Hospitality began with a group of volunteers and Waukesha-based church leaders who identified a need for emergency shelter for local homeless people. The agency was incorporated in 1982 and the first shelter opened in August 1983 under the leadership of our founder, Bernie Juno. Since then we have continued to evolve our services and programs to address the changing and complex needs of people experiencing a housing crisis.  We work collaboratively, internally and externally, to achieve the best outcomes possible for our guests.

Our mission is to provide shelter and services to help individuals and families overcome their homelessness.  We accept all people facing homelessness regardless of their circumstances.  We support, guide, and advocate in ways that promote greater self-sufficiency. 

Hebron House  (women and family shelter

We welcome single women, single women with children, and families at the Hebron House Shelter at any time of the year. We are able to serve 35 persons and reach capacity nearly every night. While at our shelters, individuals develop goals to increase income, save money and find permanent housing. Case Managers and House Managers work with our guests to ensure community resources are accessed to help achieve success. On average, over 80% of our guests find permanent, sustainable housing and never need us again.

Siena House (Men’s Shelter)

Sheltering 18 to 20 men each night,  this shelter further enhances our agency’s mission by providing a warm bed and the necessary support and resources for our guests to become re-established in the community. This typically includes shelter, intense case management, assessments and referrals, and, most importantly, a pathway to housing success.

Jeremy House (Safe Haven

Our Jeremy House Safe Haven offers shelter to 7 adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Resources and community information on jobs, education and health, are provided, as well as working toward permanent housing.

Jeremy House is a warm, tranquil environment where guests stay an average of 180 days in an effort to stabilize their illness, save money and find permanent housing.  In conjunction with the greater needs of this population, we work collaboratively with community mental health professionals for guidance and assistance in serving this population.

Homelessness Prevention 

We believe in the prevention of homelessness through:

  1. Implementing diversionary tactics.
  2. Expediting social security benefits for eligible persons.
  3. Outreach and education regarding programs and services our community offers.
  4. Using a Housing First approach (everyone is housing-ready), we create housing plans with our guests and connect them with affordable housing options as available.
  5. Case Management services to families and individuals that are currently housed.

The vast array of services and programs offered through Hebron House continues to grow and change based on the needs and service gaps of the community.