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2021 House of Mercy Homeless Center Charity Ball Raises Nearly $160k; Winners Announced

The 2021 House of Mercy Charity Ball, held September 18 at The Celtic House, welcomed 244 guests and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening on the House of Mercy Homeless Center in Janesville. The event and related fundraising activities raised nearly $160,000, which will be used to provide homeless families with individualized success planning, rent deposits, education expense assistance, transportation, child care assistance and other resources. This year’s Charity Ball was the most successful event in its history.

Community raffle winners include:

  • $5,000 in flooring (Donated by Carpetland USA): Todd Roethel, Evansville
  • $2,500 cash (Donated by Rohlik Financial Group): Deb Olson, Janesville
  • $1,500 gift certificate to The Diamond Center: Michael Lorhan, St. Louis, Missouri
  • $500 cash (Donated by E&D Waterworks): Sarah Combs, Genoa City

The House of Mercy is a 25-bed homeless center that provides homeless families with short-term, emergency shelter and access to housing, job placement and child care resources. Since opening in 1996, the center has provided shelter and support to more than 8,000 individuals, half of whom were children.

Almost every day, the center is filled to capacity. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the doors to the House of Mercy will continue to remain open to help those in need and address the root causes of homelessness in our area.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the House of Mercy, or would like to make a donation, call Tammie King-Johnson, House of Mercy manager, at (608) 754-0045.