Home, Health show also caters to homeless

NEW ULM – While many of the exhibitors at the New Ulm Home and Health Show offer services of interest to homeowners looking for ways to improve their homes, at least one exhibitor features a project tht wants to help the homeles..

First United Methodist Church Pastor Jo Anne Taylor and other volunteers displayed welcome kits to be offered at the NUMAS Haus.

NUMAS Haus (named for the New Ulm Ministerial Association) will provide emergency shelter, counseling and education for up to 90 days for single-mother, homeless families so their children can remain enrolled in local schools. Case management will be offered for up to two years.

The house behind 1st UMC is in the process of being remodeled and set up for the families.

Immediate goals of NUMAS include renovating the house just east of the Lind House on Center Street. Needs include $125,000 for house renovation, $75,000 for the first year of operation, new or gently used furnishings including linens, sheets, towels and kitchen items.

Taylor said plans are for the emergency shelter to open in June if enough funds and goods are received.

Clients will receive licensed, certified counseling by behavioral health professionals, personal finance and renter training, preparation on how to find employment and stay employed, life skills training, after-school childcare and enrichment.

Gift registries are located at Herberger’s under NUMAS Haus and Haus NUMAS on the wedding registry. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ numas.haus/ and numashaus.org

The Home & Health Show continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the other new exhibitors are Cambria natural stone surfaces for kitchen countertops, bathrooms and more; Total Lawn Care, Open Door Health Center, 309 Holly Lane, Mankato; Superior Mobility, non-emergency medical transportation of Springfield; among others.

Open Door offers medical, dental and behavioral health care for all people at low cost and accepts most private insurance. Payment plans are available without finance charges. Mobile sites are located in Gaylord, Marshall and Worthington.

Superior Mobility offers ADA-compliant wheelchair vehicles with door through door service around the clock statewide.

People seeking shelter from a cold wind crowded into the aisles at the show Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

“Attendance has been good all day,” said Jenny Eckstein, Business Affairs Vice President at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce. “I talked to a number of vendors and they were very pleased. We had quite a few new exhibitors this year.”