A local charity celebrated 15 years of helping the homeless in Madison this weekend. But the milestone is bittersweet.
On one hand, The Road Home has transformed from an emergency shelter and hospitality program to a multi-faceted organization that also offers intensive case management and long-term housing solutions.
THE ROAD HOME CELEBRATES OUR 15th ANNIVERSARY
2014 marks the 15TH ANNIVERSARY for The Road Home, formerly known as the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). In 1999, over 30 Madison area congregations joined together to create the Interfaith Hospitality Network, an overnight sheltr and hospitality center for homeless families. On April 25, 1999 the IHN of the Madison area opened its doors. Twelve congregations provided faciliites for homeless families while another 22 congregations were "buddy congregations" to assist the twelve. In 1999, we served 29 families (105 people - 40 adults, 65 children).
Today, The Road Home has over 50 congregations that partner with us to provide shelter facilities, meals, and evening activities for the families, and over 1800 volunteers. In addition, The Road Home has 6 housing programs and owns 30 units of permanent, affordable, supported housing for homeless families. The Road Home also provides intensive case management services to help families transform their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. 93% of families who moved into housing or were in our housing programs in 2013 maintained stable housing for a year or longer.
In 2013, The Road Home served 146 families (310 children).
Today, the need to help homeless families with children is as great as it was in 1999. In 2013, The Road Home turned away 380 families (including 775 children) from our shelter due to lack of space.
Please join us in celebrating The Road Home’s 15th anniversary.
15 Ways You Can Support The Road Home and Our 15th Anniversary
1. Attend our Families Moving Forward Celebration, August 24, 2014. Join us in celebrating families' successes.
2. Ask 15 friends/family/co-workers to attend a Homes for Families Tour or host a tour at your business/congregation/home.
3. Celebrate families’ successes: attend our Families Moving Forward event, August 24, 2014.
4. Ask friends/family/co-workers to "Give a Day" of their rent or mortgage to help families move into housing. Go to http://trhome.org/donate.php for more information.
5. “Like” us on Facebook and invite people to “Like” us on Facebook.
6. Donate 15 items from our wish list or organize a wish list drive.
7. Contact us about attending our Homes for Families breakfast fundraiser on November 6, 2014.
8. Ask your business/organization/congregation to get involved with us.
9. Visit our website at www.trhome.org and make a financial donation.
10. Become a volunteer: volunteer in the shelter, join a committee (events, development, pr/marketing), help with special projects, become a mentor or tutor.
11.Sponsor a child: An annual gift of $1,000 is about the amount it costs for The Road Home to provide services to one child for a year.
12. Sponsor a family: An annual gift of $5,000 a year helps one family per year, transition from shelter to a stable home.
13. Sponsor a home: An annual gift of $10,000 a year provides affordable supported housing for a family that needs extra help on their way out of homelessness.
14. Include us in your will or other estate planning.
15. Learn about homelessness, racism, poverty and trauma.
Welcome To the Road Home Dane County
The Road Home Dane County is committed to developing long-term relationships with homeless families with children that can change lives. We work with families, not only to relieve the immediate crisis of homelessness, but also to build skills, resources and relationships that set the stage for long-term success.
Each family works closely with a professional case manager to secure housing, employment and other resources such as childcare, health/mental health care, and children’s educational and recreational programs. Adults in shelter attend workshops taught by parenting and mental health educators. Families who have moved from shelter into housing work with The Road Home through the Housing Stabilization program, Second Chance Apartment Project, Stoughton Second Chance, Second Chance Leasing, House-ability, Rapid Rehousing, and Housing & Hope programs to maintain the achievements they’ve already reached and to continue their steps toward a successful future.