Reinventing Siena House
By: Maureen Atwell, Executive Director on Jan 20, 2021
Our Siena House men's shelter is safe and sound, but desperately in need of updates. Originally built as a farmhouse in the 1880’s, it has common areas that don’t allow for efficient traffic flow, cabinets that are too high to reach, and almost no counter space in a kitchen that serves up to 20 men per night.
With incredibly generous support from the Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant, the WHEDA Foundation, Unity Lutheran Church, Brookfield Lutheran Church, and Rosemary Becker, plus architectural drawings donated by Strang Architects, the shelter is heading for a complete turnaround, and we can't wait to break ground this spring.
Siena House will receive a kitchen and dining room with ample work spaces, a complete revamp of the HVAC system, energy-efficient windows and doors, and fully remodeled bathrooms. We will eliminate walls that block the flow of traffic and make it hard for wheelchairs to pass through, and we will replace outdated lighting that has reached the end of its lifespan.
Here are some "before" pictures of major areas that will be remodeled:
And here's a sneak-peek at what the "after" pictures will look like:
This incredible project is made possible by generous support from our donors and our community. Thank you to Strang Architects, Waukesha County Community Development Block Grant, the WHEDA Foundation, Unity Lutheran Church, Brookfield Lutheran Church, and Rosemary Becker for turning this dream into a reality.
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