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Capital Campaign

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The Need

GIFTS Men’s Shelter is the only shelter in Rock County that provides shelter and services to homeless men.

Our community has a significant problem with homelessness. According to the 2014 Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System Report, 27,291 individuals in Wisconsin were homeless. Over 1,000 of these individuals were from our Rock County community.

There are common things associated with homelessness that many believe are the cause of homelessness. These include lack of affordable housing, governmental policies, welfare reform, poor economy, lack of employment opportunities, educational barriers, prejudice, criminal convictions and addiction. These are all pieces of the problem, however, there are usually other causes. IF it was a simple issue, then homelessness could be fixed by providing jobs, education, housing, and money.

It is important to acknowledge that complexities of coexisting problems makes it even more difficult for someone experiencing homelessness to ‘just pull themselves up’ and move forward. There must be holistic programming that can provide resources and home for these men in desperate need of help.

Our hurting neighbors are forgotten, ignored and unwanted by many. They are not forgotten or unwanted by GIFTS Men’s Shelter or by God.

Gifts Mens Shelter
Gifts Mens Shelter

The Solution

Those people who are lost, lonely and broken must be given hope. They must hear the message that hope and healing are available through the GIFTS Men’s Shelter, and God has a plan to heal them and restore them. We must show love, grace and mercy to each person that enters our doors.

The solution must include rebuilding lives on a firm foundation by first addressing the root issues of homelessness and addiction and helping the person make a plan to overcome and have victory over their current circumstances. Each person is a unique creation of God and therefore requires and deserves their own individualized plan that addresses their specific needs. As a faith-based organization, GIFTS teaches and models healthy human and spiritual relationships in our holistic approach to provide for the needs of the whole person.

The mission of GIFTS Men’s Shelter is to show Christ’s love to homeless men in Rock County by advancing renewal and hope through a unified Christian effort. The lost and forgotten need to know that there is hope in spite of their addiction. There is hope after their divorce. There is hope after their bankruptcy. Compassion says they deserve an opportunity to improve their situation and GIFTS is here to help them along that journey.

Project Budget

GIFTS Men's Shelter and Resource Center

Building Purchase $485,000

Fees, Permits, Consultant $87,500

Remodel $577,713

Equipment & Furnishings $139,000

Insurance & Contingency $63,287

Landscaping, Fence, & Parking $72,500

Operational Reserve $75,000

Operational Start Up* $100,000



Estimated Total Campaign Goal $1,600,000

*Operational start-up is calculated based on a percentage of the funds needed during the first two years that the resource center and shelter is operational. This will help sustain operational funds that may be impacted because of the capital campaign.

Gifts Mens Shelter
Gifts Mens Shelter

Campaign Team Members

Capital Campaign Team

Dave Ellis
Paul Murphy
Paul Benish
Jon Wangerin
Matt Prestil
Danny Robinson
Kelli Cameron
Frank Scott
Larry Barton
Larry Lanners
Stephanie Burton
Board of Directors

Matt Prestil - Chair
Dave Ellis – Vice Chair
Brenda Thompson
Heidi Holden
Frank Scott
Larry Lanners
Deb Westby
Matt McDonald
Duane Albrecht
Kelli Cameron
Mac Ryan
Stephanie Burton
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WAYS TO GIVE

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin is managing the funds for the GIFTS Men’s Shelter Capital Campaign. To make a one time contribution to the campaign, make checks payable to GIFTS Men’s Shelter Capital Campaign.

Mail to :
Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
26 South Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53548

If you would like to make a pledge to the campaign, you can download a pledge card HERE.

Questions on how to support the campaign?
Contact Stephanie Burton
607-728-4941
director@gifts-shelter.org

Gifts Mens Shelter
Gifts Mens Shelter

The Need

GIFTS Men’s Shelter is the only shelter in Rock County that provides shelter and services to homeless men.

Our community has a significant problem with homelessness. According to the 2014 Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System Report, 27,291 individuals in Wisconsin were homeless. Over 1,000 of these individuals were from our Rock County community.

There are common things associated with homelessness that many believe are the cause of homelessness. These include lack of affordable housing, governmental policies, welfare reform, poor economy, lack of employment opportunities, educational barriers, prejudice, criminal convictions and addiction. These are all pieces of the problem, however, there are usually other causes. IF it was a simple issue, then homelessness could be fixed by providing jobs, education, housing, and money.

It is important to acknowledge that complexities of coexisting problems makes it even more difficult for someone experiencing homelessness to ‘just pull themselves up’ and move forward. There must be holistic programming that can provide resources and home for these men in desperate need of help.

Our hurting neighbors are forgotten, ignored and unwanted by many. They are not forgotten or unwanted by GIFTS Men’s Shelter or by God.

Gifts Mens Shelter

The Solution

Those people who are lost, lonely and broken must be given hope. They must hear the message that hope and healing are available through the GIFTS Men’s Shelter, and God has a plan to heal them and restore them. We must show love, grace and mercy to each person that enters our doors.

The solution must include rebuilding lives on a firm foundation by first addressing the root issues of homelessness and addiction and helping the person make a plan to overcome and have victory over their current circumstances. Each person is a unique creation of God and therefore requires and deserves their own individualized plan that addresses their specific needs. As a faith-based organization, GIFTS teaches and models healthy human and spiritual relationships in our holistic approach to provide for the needs of the whole person.

The mission of GIFTS Men’s Shelter is to show Christ’s love to homeless men in Rock County by advancing renewal and hope through a unified Christian effort. The lost and forgotten need to know that there is hope in spite of their addiction. There is hope after their divorce. There is hope after their bankruptcy. Compassion says they deserve an opportunity to improve their situation and GIFTS is here to help them along that journey.

Gifts Mens Shelter

Project Budget

GIFTS Men's Shelter and Resource Center

Building Purchase $485,000

Fees, Permits, Consultant $87,500

Remodel $577,713

Equipment & Furnishings $139,000

Insurance & Contingency $63,287

Landscaping, Fence, & Parking $72,500

Operational Reserve $75,000

Operational Start Up* $100,000



Estimated Total Campaign Goal $1,600,000

*Operational start-up is calculated based on a percentage of the funds needed during the first two years that the resource center and shelter is operational. This will help sustain operational funds that may be impacted because of the capital campaign.

Gifts Mens Shelter

Campaign Team Members

Capital Campaign Team

Dave Ellis
Paul Murphy
Paul Benish
Jon Wangerin
Matt Prestil
Danny Robinson
Kelli Cameron
Frank Scott
Larry Barton
Larry Lanners
Stephanie Burton
Board of Directors

Matt Prestil - Chair
Dave Ellis – Vice Chair
Brenda Thompson
Heidi Holden
Frank Scott
Larry Lanners
Deb Westby
Matt McDonald
Duane Albrecht
Kelli Cameron
Mac Ryan
Stephanie Burton


Click Here For Calendar of Events
Gifts Mens Shelter

WAYS TO GIVE

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin is managing the funds for the GIFTS Men’s Shelter Capital Campaign. To make a one time contribution to the campaign, make checks payable to GIFTS Men’s Shelter Capital Campaign.

Mail to :
Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
26 South Jackson Street
Janesville, WI 53548

If you would like to make a pledge to the campaign, you can download a pledge card HERE.

Questions on how to support the campaign?
Contact Stephanie Burton
607-728-4941
director@gifts-shelter.org

Gifts Men's Shelter