The Healing House is a place a homeless child or family member can go to heal after surgery.
Imagine you have just delivered a baby and your family is homeless. The shelters are only open at night. You are on the street with your newborn and other children for 10 hours a day. You have no safe place for your newborn to sleep.
Imagine you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and you are homeless. The doctor has ordered bed rest. You have no place to stay that will accommodate your family and allow you get the prescribed bed rest to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your unborn child.
Imagine your 7 year old is in need of brain surgery that had to be postponed because you have no place for her to recuperate after surgery. Her tumor has grown 4 cm during this wait and surgery is now mandatory. Once released from the hospital, you will struggle to find a place at the shelter, or you and your daughter will have to live in your car.
These are recent true stories from our community because there are no recuperative care facilities for homeless families in Dane County. There is no safe place for them to go when a member of the family needs to prepare for a medical procedure, or to recuperate after childbirth or hospitalization. Currently, when someone is discharged from the hospital and requires follow-up recuperative care, such care is delivered by home health providers arranged for through the discharging hospital. However, if you have no home, you cannot receive these services. Healing House will be that home so home health providers will provide follow-up care to individuals as they recuperate at the Healing House.
Healing House, located at 303 Lathrup Street in Madison, will be an 8 bed facility, providing 24/7 recuperative care by medically trained staff and volunteers for up to 28 days. The Healing House will provide clients with three meals a day, child care assistance and case management to end the cycle of homelessness.
Madison Urban Ministry (MUM) will begin it’s first capital campaign to raise support for the Healing House. Donations from Corporate Partners and area congregations have been received. In addition, MUM’s former Director, Charles Pfeifer, and his wife Jean, gave a very generous matching grant of $25,000 in memory of their son, Timothy Scott Pfeifer. Wheat Ridge Ministries awarded Healing House a grant of $50,000 over three years, and National Guardian Life Insurance Company has made a five year grant of $75,000. Healing House near its goal for all funds to complete the building renovation. A full year of operating expenses is also needed, so we can open by the fall of 2017! Your contribution and support is needed to reach our goal.
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For more information on the Capital Campaign please contact Nasra Wehelie: Nasra@emum.org.
For additional information, or to arrange a formal presentation on Healing House, please contact Terri Johnson, Medical Respite Coordinator: Terri@emum.org.