Become Part of the Solution to End Homelessness

Thank you for considering a donation to The Beacon. You will make it possible for a person to be presentable when going to work or at a job interview, connect to people who can help them with community services, get something to eat, and participate in training classes.

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Please click here to view the Amazon Wish List for our most-needed

items. When you purchase from it, Amazon will ship the items directly to us.

Donation Info for The Beacon
The People YOU are Helping

Below are stats about the people in Dane County who are experiencing homelessness. This information is provided by the 2013 Annual Report on Homeless Services in Dane County (most recent available).


45% Families


28% Children


11% Veterans



28% Suffer from domestic abuse


Many Needs Met Under One Roof

Our goal is to end each person's homelessness with resources that lead them to housing, jobs, financial stability, improved mental and physical health, and independence.

Beacon Health Checks
Preventative Healthcare

Guests can receive free preventative healthcare such as footcare clinics, blood pressure checks, diabetes education, etc.

Beacon Housing Assistance
Housing Assistance

Staff and volunteers provide assistance obtaining stable housing.

Beacon Job and Housing Search
Employment Search

Volunteers and staff work with guests to find employment and assist with applications, résumés, and provide job coaching.

Beacon Showers
Shower Facilities

Safe, private showers improve health and restores dignity.


Food at the Beacon

Volunteers donate and distribute boxed lunches and snacks every day.

Beacon Laundry

Laundry facilities provide clean clothes to provide confidence and respectability when applying for jobs and going to appointments.

Beacon Mail
Mail Center

The mail center provides a physical address to use on forms and employment applications, as well as receive important documents.

Beacon Transport

Transport is provided between overnight shelters and The Beacon.



Beacon Computer Lab
Computer Lab

Computer classes are given to our guests in the computer lab and the computers are used to find employment and housing.

Beacon Identification Assistance
Identification Assistance

Staff provide assistance in obtaining indentification when needed.

Beacon Telephone

Telephones are available for guests to use.

Beacon Case Management
Case Management

Other area social services agencies are located at The Beacon and together provide comprehensive case management services.

Donation Information

 Monetary donations, contact Jane McGowan at (608) 826-8096 or 
Donations of items, contact Tami Fleming at (608) 826-8022 or the Amazon Wish List.


Thank You for Believing in the Vision of The Beacon Before We Became a Reality

Because of these businesses and organizations, The Beacon is a place of hope, dignity, and possibility. Their kindness and generosity makes what we do possible. They are part of the solution to end homelessness in our community. Catholic Charities and The Beacon are truly grateful for the donations that make a difference in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness.


Blackhawk Church
Madison Community Foundation
Madison-Kipp Corporation
National Guardian Life Insurance Company


Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation
M3 Insurance
Northcentral Construction Corporation
Oakbrook Corporation


American Family Insurance
Associated Bank
Catholic Diocese of Madison Foundation



Festival Foods
McGann Construction
Newcomb Construction
Smith & Gesteland, LLP
Thompson Investment Management


Madison Rotary Foundation
Old National Bank




Knights of Columbus Council #4549