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House of Mercy Homeless Center

The House of Mercy Homeless Center is a 25-bed facility that provides homeless women and families with short-term, emergency shelter and access to community resources. Staff at the center assist residents by assessing their needs, obtaining appropriate referrals and services, and designing an action plan aimed at achieving stable housing.

Since 1996, the House of Mercy has provided shelter and support to over 8,000 individuals, more than half of whom are children.

Do you need help?

If you're in need of short-term emergency shelter, call the House of Mercy at 608.754.0045. You may be asked to complete one or more of these forms:

How you can help


The House of Mercy depends on the generosity of our kind-hearted volunteers giving their time to assist residents, answer phones, and help with various projects.

To become a volunteer, please complete a volunteer application, or call Volunteer Services at 608.756.6739.

Make a monetary donation

Financial donations—large or small—make a difference and can be used for many things, including:

  • Job placement assistance
  • Financial counseling
  • Rental assistance
  • Parenting classes
  • Medical expense assistance
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Transportation assistance

Donate necessities

Check monthly to view highlighted items that are in high demand on our wish list. Like all families, the residents at the House of Mercy need everyday necessities like personal care items, household goods, bedding and home furnishings. Call 608.754.0045 to learn more or click here to view a full list.

Attend a fundraiser

Fundraisers, like the House of Mercy Charity Ball, raise necessary funds for the Center’s operating budget. Check back often for information about current events.