The Road Home

Congregations

Congregations have always been important to our work at The Road Home. Learn how your congregation can partner with us to make a difference for families who have experienced homelessness in our community.

Long-term partnerships with congregations throughout Dane County have always been central to our programs. For many years, volunteers from partner congregations formed the backbone of our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelter program. Although we no longer run a shelter program, congregations continue to play a critical role in making a difference for families in our community who have experienced homelessness.

Partnerships with congregations throughout Dane County have been central to our agency from the very beginning. For many years, volunteers from our partner congregations formed the backbone of our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelter program. Although we no longer run a shelter program, congregations continue to play a critical role in making a difference for families in our community who have experienced homelessness.

We currently have several opportunities for local congregations to support our mission and engage with our work:

SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR THE 2022 HOLIDAY SEASON

This year The Road Home will again be sponsoring families to support their holiday giving, and our congregation partners typically play a leading role in this effort. For the 2022 holiday season, each adult and child in our housing programs will receive a $75 gift card to a location of their choosing. Our Community Engagement Manager can work with your congregation to set a sponsorship budget and provide you with information about your sponsored families and their gift card preferences. For more information about the program and to register your sponsorship commitment, please view our online form. Gift cards must be delivered to The Road Home office at 890 W Wingra Drive by mid-December, so there’s still plenty of time to get signed up! 

PROVIDE MEALS AT HEALING HOUSE

Another way for congregations to make a difference for families experiencing homelessness in our community is by providing meals at Healing House. Owned and operated by JustDane, Healing House is an eight-bed recuperative care facility that provides a safe place for homeless families when someone needs to prepare for or recover from a medical procedure, childbirth, hospitalization or something similar. In addition to providing case management services, The Road Home also organizes congregation volunteer teams to provide daily dinners for residents at the facility. These teams sign up to provide meals over the course of week-long “shifts,” typically once every few months. We still have a few weeks open in our November 2022 to February 2023 schedule, so if your congregation might be interested in supporting Healing House, please reach out!

CONDUCT A WISH LIST DONATION DRIVE

Families enrolled in our housing programs typically have very limited budgets, so your congregation can make an immediate impact in their lives by providing high-need items like cleaning products, toilet paper, diapers, and other basic household necessities. To learn more about The Road Home’s Wish List, please click here.

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

At The Road Home, we appreciate any opportunity to spread awareness about family homelessness in our community. A representative from our agency would be happy to set up a time to meet with your group or attend a regularly scheduled meeting of your congregation to discuss our work and Dane County homelessness more broadly. 

GET STARTED

If your congregation would like more information about any of these opportunities or is ready to get involved, please contact our Community Engagement Manager, Kyle VonRuden, at or 715-896-7528