About Us

A Brief History

Our mission – Day by Day Shelter collaboratively provides temporary shelter, individualized services, and opportunities for self-sufficiency to empower the most vulnerable adults in our community.

Day By Day Shelter, Inc. was founded by a coalition of community members concerned about the lack of safe, temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness in the Oshkosh area. With broad community support from local government, police, fire, faith communities and foundations, Day By Day Shelter, Inc. first opened its doors on October 15, 2011.

From the beginning, our mission has been to support the most vulnerable individuals in our community. We strive to treat our guests with dignity and respect, while empowering them toward self-sufficiency and stability. 

As of May 2023, Day by Day has more than quadrupled our operations from 25 beds, open 6 months of the year to 50 beds, open 365 days a year. With a new purpose-built shelter, we have also expanded our services and capabilities to meet the growing needs of our organization and our community.

Day By Day Shelter, Inc. is governed by an executive board of directors, and run by a caring and professional staff. Although we are a fundraising organization, we consider our People to be our most important asset… the individuals we serve, the volunteers we engage, and the professionals we employ.

Want to make a difference in the lives our guests? Please check out our Current Openings, or learn how to become a Volunteer