March Mission of the Month: Healing House in Madison, WI

Healing House, to be located at 303 Lathrop St. in Madison, will be an eight bed facility that will provide 24/7 medical respite for families who are homeless and have a child or parent being discharged from the hospital and in need of recuperative care. Healing House will provide up to 28 days of medical respite; three meals a day, a safe place to recover, case management services to assist the family in educational, vocational or employment services if needed, and housing case management to assist the family in securing transitional or permanent housing upon leaving Healing House. Currently, when someone is discharged from the hospital and requires follow-up medical care, that care would be provided by the home health providers through the discharging hospital. However, if you have no home, you don’t receive the services. Healing House will be that home so that home health providers can give the follow-up care and attention necessary to individuals as they recuperate. 

Other facilities like Healing House have provided significant cost-savings for local hospitals and communities. The anticipated outcomes for Healing House families include:

  • 85% reduction in hospital or emergency readmissions of Healing House residents
  • 70% success rate in obtaining transitional or permanent housing at the time of leaving Healing House
  • 100% of Healing House residents connected with community support services to increase long-term stability

Healing House will be the first facility of its kind in Wisconsin.

Volunteer Opportunity - We are looking for a volunteer to be co-coordinator with Kathy Kuehl for the Oregon Brooklyn Area Food Pantry. Please contact either Kathy Kuehl - Kuehl_kathleen_rnc@yahoo.com or Kathy Smith – ksmith@peoplesumc.org for more information.

Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry

Item for March is Cereal.  The Pantry is open from 3 – 7pm and will next be available on Thursday, March 30th. Volunteers are always needed to help with stocking and distributing food.   People’s Church runs the Food Pantry every 5th month, but people can help in whatever month best fits their schedule.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Kuehl, kuehl_kathleen_rnc@yahoo.com or the Oregon Area Food Pantry at  www.obfp.org for more information. 

Jason Mahnke