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A second chance
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Mens Resource Center of Green County Board members Dave Olsen, Rick Gleason and Dave Burkhalter stand before a newly painted sign to commemorate the transition from a mens warming shelter to the resource center in April. Gleason, who serves as the center manager, said a goal of the nonprofit is to provide options to single men in the area who may need help finding housing or applying for work. (Times file photo)
MONROE - It started in late 2015 with a six-month lease and the hope to help some men find a place for safe shelter, possibly shower and provide a space for laundry and restful sleep through a program that helped them find area housing. Meant to only last over the winter months, the Monroe-based warming shelter opened in January 2016 and quickly grew from a place for men to stay overnight during the cold months to a facility aimed toward helping individuals retain steady work and a stable home. The Men's Resource Center of Green County began through work by Rick Gleason, director of Family Promise of Green County.