Please join us for an upcoming Homes for Families Tour:

During these short, powerful and informative tours, you will learn about family homelessness in Madison and the Dane County, Wisconsin area and how The Road Home is working to help families transform their lives. We invite you to meet our executive director, staff and board members to see our work first-hand. This is not a fundraiser and we guarantee it will only last 59 minutes!

- Wed. April 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
          -Wed. May 7th at 5:30 p.m.
         - Tues. May 20th at 6:30 p.m.
        - Wed. June 11th at 5:30 p.m.
        - Tues. July 15th at 6:30 p.m.
        - Wed. August 6th at 5:30 p.m.
       - Tues. August 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Tours are conducted at The Road Home’s offices, located at:
128 E. Olin Ave., Suite 202,
Madison, WI 53713


How to get to The Road Home

The Road Home Tour goes “On The Road”

Can’t make it to a tour at our office - we’ll come to you! The Road Home “Homes for Families" Tour is available to be presented at your congregation, business, organization, home or group. We would welcome the opportunity to provide information about The Road Home to you and a group of friends, colleagues, co-workers, family, or neighbors. Please contact us at 608-294-7998 to arrange a tour.




Volunteer Appreciation Week April 6-13

We'd like to thank all of the volunteers who support The Road Home and all the families we serve. In 2013, with your time, energy and dedication, we were able to provide services for 140 families, including 310 children.


Study: Poverty Impacts Early Child Brain Development

Dr. John H. Gilmore, co-author of the study stated, "We've known that poverty can have long lasting consequences for childhood development and learning, and this study provides concrete evidence that poverty can change how the brain itself grows." To read more, go to:



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 work 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. 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 as we recognize and honor congregations, volunteers, founders, board members, and donors who have supported us in the past 15 years. Join us on Sunday, April 27, 2014 as we celebrate 15 years of providing solutions for homeless families with children.  Enjoy light refreshments, hear from program graduates, past/present board members and attend an open house at our Housing & Hope Phase II apartments. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will be our guest speaker.

We invite you to join us in celebrating 15 years of building partnerships and programs that help families succeed. 

RSVP – Extended to April 23, 2014

At: or call  Takisha at The Road Home at 608-294-7998. 

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison

Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm (presentation at 2:30 pm, followed by our open house at Housing & Hope Phase II -5806 Balsam Road) 

 Generously Sponsored by:


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15 Ways You Can Support The Road Home and Our 15th Anniversary

  1. Attend our 15th anniversary/volunteer appreciation/open house celebration – April 27, 2014. Go to to rsvp.

  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 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 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.  

2013 Summer Newsletter (PDF)

2012 Annual Report (PDF)



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