During these unprecedented times, we are grateful for your continued support of Monona UMC. Since we will not be passing the offering plate up and down the pews of the sanctuary for a few weeks, this is another thing that might have to be modified. Those of us who give by electronic fund transfer (EFT) will not need to change anything. The rest of us can use the old-fashioned mail system (remember the US Postal Service?) which still works quite well. (Monona United Methodist Church, 606 Nichols Road, Monona, WI 53716). One time electronic donations can be made using the Donate Now button on the bottom of the page. Our ministries will continue and we value your faithful giving. Thank you so much!
OCTOBER MISSION OF THE MONTH
The Road Home Dane County
The Road Home Dane County (known as Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Madison Area) opened their doors on April 26, 1999 as an overflow shelter for families who could not be served by the existing shelters. In the years that followed, The Road Home played a growing role in securing funds and support for affordable housing and providing case management to help families find and maintain that housing. In 2018, they phased out shelter to focus on housing and support services. A 501(c)(3) organization, they currently operate ten housing programs and serve over 200 families with children in Dane County each year. Our community suffers from a critical lack of affordable housing, pushing vulnerable families out of housing and leading to homelessness. Researchers estimate that there are between 7,000 to 27,000 more people in need of affordable housing in our community than there are affordable housing units available. They also predict that without intervention, this gap will grow. The cost of homelessness is high—putting families and children at risk for greater physical, emotional, and academic challenges.
While it might sometimes be hidden from sight, homelessness exists in our community. In just one year, 1,865 school children were identified as homeless in Dane County. On a single night in July of 2019, over 600 people in our community didn’t have a place to sleep. There are currently around 150 families in Dane County without stable housing who are looking for a home. At The Road Home, we seek long-term solutions to homelessness by helping families find and maintain stable, affordable housing. 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. We provide a variety of types and levels of supportive services and stable housing programs that best fit families’ needs and help them be successful.
We work together with partners such as other nonprofits, government agencies, United Way of Dane County, people with lived experiences of homelessness, volunteers,
businesses, congregations and donors to create solutions that work. Please support this Mission by marking your check or online giving indicating “The Road
Thank you for your generous support of this beneficial mission.
The Mission Team
SECOND HARVEST NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are ESSENTIAL to Second Harvest Foodbank. And, Second Harvest Foodbank is ESSENTIAL to the community. We are in need of volunteers to help us fill pre-packed Care Boxes. Volunteer shifts are available throughout the day, 7 days a week. Click here to learn more.
Care Boxes are filled with healthy foods, and are being distributed to those struggling with hunger through our partner agencies and our mobile pantries throughout our 16 county service area. An average of 2,600 boxes are being distributed per day! We need volunteer support to assist in packing these boxes.
We are committed to keeping our staff and volunteers safe by limiting the number of volunteers during shifts as well as adding new measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
DONATE TO OUR HUMAN WELFARE FUND
You can help people in our community who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus by donating to our Human Welfare Fund. The working poor are profoundly impacted when local businesses close and they are not able to work. Please send additional donations to the church marked with “Human Welfare Fund.” If you find yourself in need of assistance, please reach out to the church office (608-222-1633) or call Mark directly (608-335-5063).