The Road Home

Emergency Shelter

After working at a stable job for 15 years, a turn of events left Dianna with nowhere to go—except emergency shelter. Read her story here.

child's drawing of a home

Children served by The Road Home drew photos of homes during a community art program, Little Picassos.

The Road Home’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Shelter Program provides crisis intervention when families need it most. More than crisis intervention, it’s part of our comprehensive approach designed to help families build skills, resources and relationships that set the stage for long-term success. Combined with our intensive case management services, it’s often the first step for families experiencing homelessness on their path toward permanent, stable housing. We are able to help 88% of these families move from shelter to housing.

Our shelter does not have a building of its own but instead is hosted through a network of Madison area churches and synagogues with families rotating to a new host location each week. The program serves 25-30 families per year. Our shelter focuses exclusively on families with children, and in fact, 40% of children in our shelter are under age 5.

Begun in 1999 with a core group of 12 congregations, the IHN Shelter has grown to 54 congregations with over 1,500 active volunteers each year. Volunteers from these congregations provide overnight shelter, three meals per day and evening activities for the families every night of the year. Daytime shelter and case management services are provided at The Road Home office and day center. Families staying in shelter work with a case manager to seek housing, employment and other community services as well as attend educational workshops.

To learn more about our shelter, read How Our Shelter Works. Our shelter model relies on volunteers. If you or your congregation or business would like to join our efforts, visit the Volunteer With Us section to learn how.