Winona Volunteer Services (WVS) administers the Coordinated Assistance Program for the Winona area. It exists to provide a central point of contact to those seeking assistance due to urgent and unexpected situations. We network with area churches, other agencies, as well as Law Enforcement to avoid duplication of services and to simplify the experience for the person seeking help. WVS may refer a person to an existing resource, or provide direct assistance with basic needs during a financial crisis.
The Client Services Coordinator discusses each situation privately with the individual asking for assistance. Depending upon the request, calls may be made to the landlord, employer or other service provider to confirm the details of the situation.
Individuals with qualifying needs will receive a voucher, not cash, for a specific amount written to a specific vendor. If the situation does not meet our assistance guidelines, the request will be denied.
Persons seeking help after hours should go to the Law Enforcement Center at 201 West Third Street, Winona, MN for assistance.
The following services are available to qualified individuals: