Donate your time. Respect is key in this community and can often be gained in one conversation Relationships are the core of this ministry and what make the most difference in helping someone achieve independence, sobriety, housing, or employment. Stop by during the week to say hello, sip a cup of coffee, and enjoy the community.
Homeless Ministry Support Services are overseen by Staff Coordinator Conner Wild, volunteer director Mark Wilson, and several other volunteers from Bethel and the community. Our program revolves around one simple principle: respect. We take the time to develop close relationships with our homeless neighbors so that we are better able to provide support and to assist at risk individuals in finding the necessary services and resources to improve their lives. Aside from support group, our program also offers a computer lab, a book club, telephone access, clothing, information, games, a small library, bathrooms, hygiene products, hot coffee, conversation, and a safe space to esc
It all started with Eric. On a bitter, winter night in 2009, Eric Manley, one of Madison’s homeless, laid down on the steps of Bethel Lutheran Church and died. Following Eric’s tragic death, close friend, Mark Wilson, and Bethel staff member, Pastor Laura Sutherland, came together to provide a funeral for Eric and to make a positive change in Madison’s homeless community. What began in 2009 as a once-a-week homeless support group has now evolved into a homeless support service center open five days a week.
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