More than 3,500 people in the Madison community are struggling with homelessness.

A place out of the rain… with hot coffee and someone to help.

The Beacon day resource center located on E. Washington Street opened its doors Monday to help provide individuals and families basic services and resources to help people find stable housing.

Judy Metzger, Director of The Beacon, says the center will be a place for people to get back on their feet. 


“We want to welcome people and give them a place where they can heal, where they can just chill out, and where they can empower themselves to get where they need to get to in order to get housing.”

The center will provide its guests basic preventative health care and a safe place for families.

A computer lab, classrooms, mail service, and case managers, all are available to everyone that comes in The Beacon’s doors.

Tami Fleming, the Volunteer Coordinator at The Beacon, says this is a rare opportunity for those with unstable housing.

“In homeless services we really often times get whatever we get and make the best of it and this is the first time Madison has had a space like this designed for its purpose.”

Catholic Charities will operate the center along with more than 100 volunteers and the support from Dane County, the City of Madison, and the United Way. All to providing services to Madison’s homeless community.

“It gives people dignity with a space like this. I think we will see their whole demeanor and the way they carry themselves change when they walk through the door,” says Tami Fleming.

The Beacon will be open to the public from 8 to 5 every day of the year. Find out more information by going to The Beacon’s website:

http://www.thebeaconhelps.org

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