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Madison Wisconsin area Catholic Charities assistance programs.

While a number of services are offered by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Madison in the region, three of the main priorities are on providing food, meals, and housing to the less fortunate. Special age appropriate programs will be administered for the elderly and senior citizens as well. The agency covers the counties of Green, Columbia, Sauk, Dane, Grant, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, and Rock.

Ensuring people have a home to live in can be provided by the availability of a Affordable Family Rental Housing program. The Catholic Charities Diocese works in collaboration with one apartment community. The housing units are located in Columbia county. The locations will provide clean, safe, and of course affordable housing for individuals and families who qualify for help.

A Mobile Food Pantry is available. The unit serves rural communities and those people who normally do not have access to other resources, including the larger food pantries that are usually available in Madison to those who need help. Many food distribution centers are run in partnership between the Second Harvest Food Bank of Wisconsin, Catholic Charities, and other non-profit organizations.

The truck is filled with perishable food and canned goods that parishioners volunteer to distribute to the needy. Hundreds of pounds of free food are distributed to those in need of assistance. Usually what will happen is that Second Harvest loads the mobile pantry and it brings the goods to various parishes and churches in the region, including in Madison, Columbia County, and other towns. Volunteers assist people who come to pick up the food. The pantry will really save the local parishes and churches from having to fund-raise, shop or store the food on their own.

Some of the dioceses and churches in the region that participate in the pantry program include St. Mary Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Parish in Darlington; St. Joseph Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish, Boscobel; Sacred Heart, Reedsburg; St. Anthony and St. Philip Parish, Highland; St. John Parish, Patch Grove; St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville;  Fort Atkinson; Platteville; St. Mary Parish, Palmyra; St. Mary of the Most Holy Rosary, Pardeeville; Monroe; St. Victor Parish and St. Vincent de Paul with St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Portage. Call (608) 256-2358 for details on the pantries and food assistance programs.




In addition to the pantry, many locations can address other basic needs. This can include clothing, household goods, hygiene products, and maybe even limited financial aid for paying for needs such as rent and energy bills. It is the mission of the Madison Catholic Charities to address the basic needs of low income and senior families.

Adult day and senior centers provide those in need with a unique continuum of care. The programs administered are for adults and senior citizens who have physical disabilities, medical conditions, cognitive concerns, difficulties functioning at home alone or Alzheimer’s. Many of the Catholic Charity elderly programs are also approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services.

Programs for children and newborns are offered. This can cover those age birth to 3. The earlier a child’s developmental delays are discovered and addressed, the more opportunities there are for a child to increase their abilities and skills over the long term. The goal is to help children gain the educational and development services they need so that they can participate in their local Wisconsin communities.

A number of other services and assistance programs are available in counties such as Columbia, Sauk, and really throughout the entire region. Regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic, religious, racial or social background, you may be able to qualify for help.




The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Madison can offer social services and emergency aid that effectively address the financial, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of low income individuals and families. Clients can work with a case manager in an effort to develop self-sufficiency, including attend job training and other programs. The charity will offer all people the opportunity to put their Faith into Action to build better more humane communities. All people in the area have a right to food, clothing, shelter, housing, affordable medical care, education, safety and employment.

Services are confidential and are offered in a caring manner. Both paid staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities as well as the Aging Services they work with have certain characteristics in common, including an ability to handle emergencies, an appreciation of others' belief systems, and a caring attitude.

Locations of regional Catholic Charity centers in Dane County

There are several churches and centers around. Some examples of them are as follows.

  • 1810 S Park St #200, Madison, WI, call (608) 256-2358
  • 426 S Yellowstone Dr., Madison, (608) 833-4800
  • 2020 E Milwaukee St., Janesville Wisconsin, call (608) 752-4906 for intake
  • 734 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, telephone (920) 563-9375





By Jon McNamara

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