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The Beacon!

"The Beacon" has been chosen as the name of the new homeless day resource center.

Author: Nicole/Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Categories: Catholic Charities Services for the Homeless

"The Beacon" has been chosen as the name of the new homeless day resource center.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the naming of the center! Over 400 names were submitted by the community. Four names were chosen as finalists and were then voted on by the public.

The Beacon will be a resource center where we will serve those who are on a difficult journey out of the darkness of homelessness. Guests will not be alone on their journey - we will offer a place of caring, hope, and empowerment to help people:

* Stabilize their lives through offering a safe and welcoming day shelter with showers, laundry, daily snacks and lunch, clothing, and dedicated family area.
* Find available resources to obtain proper identification, offer personal mail boxes, connect to benefits, short term storage, computer training and assistance, and mental health counseling.
* Move out of homelessness with housing assistance applications, credit checks, and finding available apartments; employment assistance with job searches, resumes, and appropriate clothing.

The Beacon will address all of these issues under one roof and be a place of dignity and possibility.

A beacon can be defined as a signal for guidance / a source of light or inspiration. This is an empowering image. It is the light of hope representing a guide, which is exactly what the homeless day resource center will be: a resource to help people address the different obstacles that keep them struggling.

Beacons do not force a person to change course - each person must change their own course...but a beacon can empower and show them the way.

Learn more at www.TheBeaconHelps.org.

In the photo:
Our President and CEO Jackson Fonder unveiling the new name for the homeless day resource center! From left to right: Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi; Jackson Fonder, United Way CEO, Renee Moe, Findorff President, Dave Beck-Engel, and City of Madison Deputy Mayor Katie Crawley.

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