Polk County Salvation Army

Serenity Home Shelter, located in Balsam Lake, opened in 2008 to provide shelter to homeless individuals and families residing in Polk County. The former Polk County Jail in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, was renovated to provide accomodations for up to 17 people, and became Serenity Home. Serenity Home is Polk County's first transitional housing shelter.

Our facility is staffed around the clock giving us the ability to house 17 individuals. Our goal is to promote self-sufficiency by providing a safe and secure environment, giving individuals the opportunity to overcome unresolved issues. Through education, individuals are encouraged to be responsible for themselves and others. During their stay we identify any immediate needs and develop a housing stabilization plan. Our extensive program empowers individuals and families to become independent, creating a safer community for all of us.

During their stay at the shelter, residents are provided food, education, activities, counseling, and assistance in finding jobs and permanent housing. By providing a place to live and access to essential community resources, our programs empower residents to become self-sufficient.

For more information http://www.salvationarmywi.org/wum/polk