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House of Mercy Homeless Center

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The House of Mercy is a 25-bed homeless center in Janesville that offers homeless families short-term emergency shelter and access to housing, job placement, and child care resources. Staff at the Center assist the homeless in assessing their needs, obtaining appropriate referrals and services, and designing an action plan aimed at achieving more stable housing.

Why was the House of Mercy established?

In the mid-1990s, Mercyhealth president/CEO Javon R. Bea noticed that many families seeking treatment at Mercyhealth’s emergency department listed their family car as their address. He knew Mercyhealth could do more than tend to their health care needs. After researching the level of homelessness in the area and finding a desperate need for emergency shelter, he developed a vision, which resulted in the opening and naming of the House of Mercy Homeless Center in August 1996.

Who supports the House of Mercy?

  • Volunteers give approximately 9,000 hours of service per year
  • Lutheran Social Services facilitates a parenting group
  • Childcare is available to residents through Community Kids Learning Center
  • Donations from individuals and organizations provide ongoing support
  • UW Extensions offers a cooking class once a month for residents to help develop their meal planning and preparation skills

Is the House of Mercy accomplishing its objectives?

  • From August 1996 through December 2011, the House of Mercy provided shelter and support to more than 4,987 people.
  • More than 50 percent of these people were children.
  • In 2011, 300 people stayed at the House of Mercy.
  • It is usually filled to capacity with a waiting list.

How can I help?

  • Donate today!
  • Volunteer your time; about 8 to 12 hours per month is needed.
  • Call (608) 754-0045 for a Wish List of needed items. There is also an online wish list.
  • Make a financial contribution payable to House of Mercy, 320 Lincoln St., Janesville, WI 53548.
  • Invite us to your next gathering. House of Mercy staff will tell the “House of Mercy Story” to area service clubs, organizations, and churches.
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