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A Network of Services to Support Families

A Network of Services to Support Families
March 11, 2021 CollaborationsPandemic

MOM works with other organizations to provide the most effective, comprehensive support possible to families in our community. Jewish Social Services, another of these organizations, has put together some information for community members who are considering donating their stimulus checks to organizations working in the community. They selected MOM as one of the participating organizations. We are sharing this information with you because we value their partnership in the community and are grateful to have so many organizations working together to help our neighbors during this difficult time.

Jewish Social Services of Madison is one link in a network of partner organizations that are working tirelessly to make sure that vulnerable members of our community receive the care and support they need. Many of us have received stimulus checks from the government and are looking for places to give that will have the greatest impact locally. Below is a list of those partner organizations that can help your generous donation reach your neighbors who need it most at this time. JSS is requesting that you consider giving matching donations to JSS and our partners.

Jewish Social Services  


JSS shifted service delivery in real time with the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Case managers have been working with seniors to help them through bouts of isolation. JSS' chaplain has been providing spiritual guidance to individuals and families through some of the hardest times they have faced and the Resettlement and Immigration Legal staff have been helping new immigrants to navigate everything from unemployment benefits to accessing healthcare in the "new normal" that we're all getting used to.  

Catholic Multicultural Center  


The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) is offering a variety of programs and services remotely or in the parking lot to safely meet people’s most immediate needs during the pandemic: a twice-weekly food pantry including personal hygiene items, a free, hot community meal served seven days a week, bilingual employment search assistance and resource navigation, food pantry delivery, virtual English as a Second Language tutoring, and comprehensive low-cost immigration legal services.

Community Action Coalition   


Our mission is to transform communities by fostering conditions where everyone can achieve social and economic security. We focus on three key areas food security, housing security, and life skills.  

Community Immigration Law Center


The Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit sponsored by a coalition of legal, social, and faith-based organizations wanting to contribute to the community and to address the unmet legal needs of immigrants in Madison and surrounding areas. CILC has provided immigration assistance to individuals since 2009. 

Literacy Network


Literacy Network improves literacy and English language skills for adult learners by teaching reading, writing, communication and computer skills, and ESL.  In Dane County, more than 55,000 adults struggle with low literacy, impacting their children’s education, employment opportunities and quality of life.  Adult literacy education makes it possible for our community’s immigrants, low-income and frontline essential workers to achieve their goals.  Students work to obtain employment, job promotions, U.S. Citizenship, high school equivalency degrees, continued education and certification, communication skills with health care providers and children’s schools.  Throughout the pandemic, students have connected to tutors and fellow students in the virtual classroom and are receiving additional support and connection to resources. Our mission expanded in 2020 as we met the growing need to reduce poverty by moving individuals and their families forward.   

Madison College Foundation

The Madison College Foundation’s vision is to support Madison College in its commitment to increase access so that no student will be denied an education due to financial barriers. The Foundation was established nearly 50 years ago. The funds we raise from donors like you support scholarships and emergency grants that directly benefit our local students who are changing their lives through education. 

Open Doors for Refugees


Open Doors is an all-volunteer organization working to help refugees make a home in the Madison area.  Prior to the COVID pandemic, Open Doors collected furnishings and setup apartments for arriving refugees, and provided translation, transportation, ESL, employment, and other services to folks after arrival.  In the face of COVID, many of our traditional services have either been suspended or gone virtual, and we have instead largely shifted to providing financial support to our clients most in need.  We are solely funded and supported by financial and material donations from the community.   

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers programs to feed, heal, house and clothe people coping with poverty throughout Dane County without regard to the race, ethnicity, gender or creed of the clients. 

  • The Food Pantry helps individuals and families fight food insecurity.
  • The Charitable Pharmacy offers free prescription medications, for chronic and acute illnesses, to uninsured individuals at 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • Two housing programs: one for women and their children and another for men.
  • Our voucher program offers free clothing, household goods and furniture vouchers through our seven Dane County thrift stores. 
  • Other support may be provided on an as needed basis
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