Imagine you have just delivered a baby and your family is experiencing homelessness. 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.
Until the Healing House opened on July 9, 2019, there was no safe place for families experiencing homelessness to go when a member of the family needed to prepare for a medical procedure, or to recuperate after childbirth or hospitalization.
When someone is discharged from the hospital and requires follow-up recuperative care, such care is delivered by home health providers. However, if you have no home, you cannot receive these services. Healing House can be that home, so home health providers can provide follow-up care to individuals as they recuperate.
Healing House, located in Madison, is an 8-bed facility, providing 24/7 recuperative care by medically-trained staff and volunteers for up to 28 days. Three meals a day and child care assistance are provided. In addition, case management, provided by The Road Home Dane County, helps to end the cycle of homelessness and locate permanent housing.
Since the doors have opened, Healing House has been that safe haven for numerous families. The generosity of community members, through donations of money, time, services and items are what has made this program possible.
Doctors advised surgery to help her little girl, but given her experience with shelters, K. knew that recovery on the street would be difficult, if not impossible. Her luck changed when a shelter social worker connected her with MUM.
“Within two weeks of coming here I was able to get a part-time job and get my family back on a schedule,” she said. “Healing House staff have been so helpful. I’ve been able to get back to where I was before I lost everything.”
For additional information, or to arrange a formal presentation on Healing House, please contact Terri Johnson, Healing House Coordinator: TERRI@JUSTDANE.ORG or (608) 335-3597.