Here to Help

The Beacon homeless day resource center is a public – private partnership working to provide community solutions to help men, women, and children who are experiencing homelessness in Dane County, Wisconsin.

In 2016 Dane County purchased the building that previously housed the Madison Chamber of Commerce with plans to renovate it and turn it into a day resource center for the homeless.

Dane County chose Catholic Charities to operate this multi-service day resource center and partnered with the City of Madison and the United Way of Dane County. Together, with support from local community agencies, we form a unique collaboration between the business, faith, government, nonprofit, and neighborhood sectors.



Catholic Charities Madison Wisconsin
County of Dane Wisconsin
City of Madison Wisconsin
United Way of Dane County

Our Employees

We serve and employ persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Employees do not have to be Catholic to work for Catholic Charities. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion. 


John Adams, Reception Coordinator of The Beacon

John Adams

Center Director 


“Helping people with their basic needs is crucial for all of us. Getting to know the guests is a special connection for me, while also supporting an upward mobility in their lives.”

Tami Fleming, Volunteer Coordinator of The Beacon

Tami Fleming

Volunteer Coordinator


“Being able to shower, wash clothes, or go to appointments without having to ride the bus all day are big challenges for people experiencing homelessness.”


Who We Serve

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).



Percent of families who sought emergency shelter who were non-white





Have chronic substance abuse




Percent of unaccompanied homeless minors who were non-white


Suffer from mental illness



Suffer from domestic abuse