Monthly Compassion Offering

All money collected from non-pledge offerings on Sunday goes to a different designated organization each month. You can also make a Compassion Offering contribution online which will go to the current month’s organization. You may also send checks directly to the church at 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison WI 53711. To contribute to previous groups featured in Compassion Offerings, contact the groups directly. Archive of past Compassion Offerings.

Recipient organizations of the monthly Compassion Offering are selected by the Ministry of Christian Witness and Service (CWS). Any member of the ORUCC congregation or pastoral staff may nominate a recipient organization that falls within our guidelines. To review the guidelines and suggest an organization to be considered for a monthly Compassion Offering at ORUCC, please read and complete this form.

Note: To view the video for the group receiving this month’s Compassion Offering, you may need to click on the title to view the original post.

  • February Compassion Offering: Porchlight, Inc – Safe Haven Program

    Safe Haven is a Madison-based day shelter for adults with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Guests have access to meals, showers, laundry, bus tickets, mail, and phone services.  Safe Haven also provides housing-focused case management and crisis stabilization services.  Safe Haven staff specialize in building rapport with individuals who may not otherwise engage in mainstream services.   

    Safe Haven provides invaluable support through its Crisis Stabilization Program, which focuses on developing and maintaining recovery plans for guests experiencing acute crises.  All eligible guests have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness, and 43% are also struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

    Safe Haven’s daily utilization has increased significantly over the past several years, more than doubling from 2018 (198 guests) to 2020 (467 guests).  As one of the few community programs for this population that kept its doors open, utilization continued to increase throughout the pandemic.  In 2023, Safe Haven served 602 guests during the day.  Of those guests, 41% were unsheltered – sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, and 55% were sleeping in an emergency shelter at night. 

    With skyrocketing costs and increased guest usage at Safe Haven, Porchlight is in need of additional funding to support these services. Your generous contribution will go directly toward guest services at the day shelter as well as transitional housing support, specifically for individuals with mental illness.  Thank you!

    To make a contribution directly to the Safe Haven program at Porchlight, put Safe Haven in the memo line and mail a check to

    Porchlight, Inc

    Attn: Karla Thennes, Exec Director

    306 N. Brooks St

    Madison, WI  53715

    Phone 608 257 2534