Grow, Thrive and Become Stronger.
Established in 1988 to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to expectant mothers and mothers with dependent children. Madonna House continues to provide unduplicated services in our community.
Homeless families are cared for in a non-denominational culture with the goals of building personal strengths and life skills in each individual receiving service at Madonna House. Through an active case management program, families are supported while they improve parenting skills, living skills, overall outlook, and mental health. As needed, they are referred to other appropriate community resources that can assist them in breaking the cycles of instability and poverty.
Since opening, Madonna House has successfully served over 79,650 shelter nights to families in need. From July of 2014 through June of 2015, Madonna House has served 77 individuals and a total of 2,922 shelter nights.
In 2002, Madonna House opened a food pantry that was accessible to Adams County residents. From July 2014 - June 2015, 12,320 individuals have been served through our food pantry. In 2014, Madonna House held its first mobile food pantry which consists of at least 40% fresh produce. As a result of the overwhelming response to the fresh produce and food the mobile food pantry has become an annual event serving approximately 500 individuals at each mobile food pantry. Madonna House recruits 35 – 40 volunteers per mobile food pantry. Sponsors are secured which include monetary donations to cover the $1,100, cost of the fresh produce and food at each pantry. In addition, sponsorship is secured for the shopping carts, tow motor, etc. needed for the pantry.
Emphasis to increase our Prevention Services began in 2012. These services are short term intensive programs for families who are/or at risk for homelessness, and unable to access shelter. In spring of 2013, our Everyday Life Skills Program (ELS) was introduced as a pilot to students at Quincy Senior High. Since that time, 78 students have engaged in the ELS program. Madonna House has also expanded this program to include adults. Services are currently being provided at New Start Rescue Mission, Fishers of Men, and Harrison Hills. These services focus on helping individuals understand what qualities they will need to be successful, productive citizens with job skills that will secure future financial security.