There are many ways to serve in the community, and plenty of opportunities through St. Mark.  At the same time, we partner with a number of local organizations that always look for more help.  Below are the main organizations we partner with.  


ECHO, Inc., created in late 1969, is a non-profit, faith-community sponsored charity organization, serving low-income individuals and families.

ECHO’s mission is dedicated to meeting housing, food and other basic human needs and addressing the barriers to self-sufficiency.

Two of the ways we partner with ECHO is by collecting items throughout the year (a collection bin is located in Fellowship Hall), and serving a community meal in January every year.

For more information about ECHO, go to there website


House of Mercy

The House of Mercy is a 25-bed homeless center that provides homeless families throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois with short-term emergency shelter and access to housing, job placement and child care resources. Staff at the Center help the homeless assess their needs, obtain appropriate referrals and services, and design an action plan aimed at achieving more stable housing.

Volunteers give approximately 8,000 hours of service per year. We welcome you to volunteer your time; about 8 to 12 hours per month is needed.

To learn more about the House of Mercy or current volunteer needs, call (608) 754-0045.

Gifts Men's Shelter


The mission of GIFTS is to show Christ’s love to homeless men in Rock County by advancing renewal and hope through a unified Christian effort.


To be a comprehensive, Christ-centered ministry providing the resources needed to transform and restore the lives of homeless men, one at a time.

For more information, go to their website.

Project 16:49

Project 16:49 serves as the intake portal to services for Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless youth population, and partners wherever possible with other existing organizations/programs to avoid duplication of services.

Some youth seeking assistance from Project 16:49 may need only information and referrals. This is provided without requiring them to complete an assessment and intake. For youth in need of services beyond information and referral, and who are willing to complete an assessment, Project 16:49 ensures the provision of basic needs:  housing, food, clothing, access to health care, and safety. Further, Project 16:49 provides case management services to ensure its participants have access to the supports they need to reach their goals, including:  transportation, housing, education support, independent living and job skills, and adult guidance.

Project 16:49 is structured to provide service through three programs in order to best serve our unaccompanied homeless teens:

  1. Youth Advocacy Program
  2. Transitional Living Program
  3. Independent Living Program

For more information about Project 16:49, go to their website.