‚ÄúThen the King will say to those on his right, ‚ÄėCome, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. ¬†Then the righteous will answer him, ‚ÄėLord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, ‚ÄėTruly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.‚Äô - Matthew 25:34-40


FOOD

ECHO's mission is dedicated to meeting food, housing and other basic human needs and addressing the barriers to self-sufficiency. Please call (608) 754-5333 for assistance.

The Salvation Army helps cure hunger daily by providing access to food for those in need. This includes homeless people of all ages, as well as individuals and families who may be down on their luck and in need of some extra assistance.can locate a food pantry near you. Please call (608) 757-8300 for assistance.

ECHO’s Stockbox Program - is available to residents over age 60.  ECHO distributes the boxes for Rock County.  The boxes contain approximately 35lbs of food. Items are usually staples, such as: juice, milk, cereal, meats, vegetables, and rice. Seniors are eligible to pick up one stockbox per month.  Please call 608-754-5333 for assistance.

CLOTHING

Acts of Kindness (A-OK) is a non-profit organization established to help those in need by providing clothing, shoes, toys, dishes, linens and household goods for free. Please Call (608) 728-0841 for assistance. 

FaithWorks Clothing Pantry has free clothing available every third Thursday of the month at 2707 Bond Place, Janesville, WI. Please Call (608) 531-1880 for assistance

SHELTER

GIFTS Men's Shelter - We start with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep but it doesn’t stop there. GIFTS believes the next step is to empower our guests to discover the man God created them to be.  Please call (608) 728-4941 for assistance.

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. Please call (608) 754-0045 for assistance.  

Project 16:49 is a local non-profit organization serving Rock County’s unaccompanied homeless teens. We believe every child deserves an opportunity to succeed. To that end, Project 16:49 ensures access to the services and support these students need to remain in school, graduate and become self-sufficient adults.  Please call (608) 314-4199 for assistance. 

HEALTH CARE

HealthNet of Rock County is dedicated to excellence and innovation in the provision of primary health and dental care and health education, delivered free or at low cost, to enhance the quality of life for the underserved residents of Rock County, Wisconsin. Please call (608) 756-4638 for assistance. 

Beloit Area Community Health Center participates in a nationwide effort to extend a safety net of health services to those who lack access to health services, especially the low-income individuals with medicaid, medicare, no insurance or private insurance and limited means to pay for quality health services. Please call (608) 756-4638 for assistance. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Salvation Army Emergency Assistance - Many families find themselves in situations where they need a little support, that is why The Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Program was developed.  Assistance that individuals and families may qualify for may consist of, but is not limited to, transportation, emergency lodging, rent, utility assistance, and clothing. Please call (608) 757-8300 for assistance.

Rent assistance - ECHO receives government grant funding to assist with rent payments for residents of Rock County. Rent assistance is available in emergency situations only. Please call (608) 754-5333 for assistance.

ADDICTION TREATMENT

AddictionResource's mission is to connect individuals to treatment centers that best suit their individual needs as it leads to long-term recovery.  After rigorous vetting, we’ve compiled a list of the best detox, alcohol, and drug rehab centers in Wisconsin. Here’s the list: https://www.addictionresource.net/best-drug-rehab-centers/wisconsin/  Please call 844-616-3400 for assistance.

The Recovery Village is dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse.  The website is an educational resource hosting helpful articles, blog posts, and resource pages to increase understanding and awareness of addiction. Please call 844-875-1541 for assistance.

Rehab.Help.org is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery. We create and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.  Please call 877-600-3767 for assistance.

American Addiction Centers is dedicated to supporting individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction on their journey to recovery.  ACC provides free virtual support meetings.  These sessions are based on traditional 12-step meetings, hosted by a person in recovery.  In addition, you can search a directory of rehabilitation centers and library of resources for you and your loved ones so you can find the path that best suits your needs.   Please call 888-402-3487 for assistance.

SPIRITUAL QUESTIONS

Explore God - "Explore God" creates credible content for people with spiritual questions and curiosities.  Please call 1-800-762-4394 for assistance.

Time of Grace - "Time of Grace" is for people who want more growth and less struggle in their spiritual walk. Please call 1-800-661-3311 for assistance.

Stephen¬†Ministries¬†-¬†Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the¬†Stephen Series¬†system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers‚ÄĒcalled Stephen Ministers‚ÄĒto provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. ¬†Please call (314) 428-2600 for assistance.

GRIEF CARE

Grief Share - It hurts to lose someone. Find help at GriefShare--a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  You don't have to go through the grieving process alone.  Please call the St. Mark church office at (608) 754-8115 for assistance. 

 

 


 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS 

Henke-Clarson Funeral Home - Located in Janesville, they offer full service funeral care to families from Janesville and the entire surrounding area. In addition to providing compassionate care for each family, our services include pre-planning, funeral arrangements, cremation, cemetery arrangements and burial arrangements.  Please call (608) 741-1713 for assistance.

Schneider Funeral Directors - Located in Janesville, they offer full service funeral care, which include pre-planning, funeral arrangements, cremation, cemetery arrangements, and burial arrangements.  Please call toll-free 877-754-4447 for assistance.

PREGNANCY HELP

Pregnancy Helpline and Resource Center - Offers many services to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. It does not perform or refer for abortion. All information shared by you during your relationship as a client will be kept in the strictest confidence.  We have been serving the Rock County community since 1983. Our services are free and confidential. We are here to listen to your concerns and provide you with information. Please call 608-755-9739 for assistance. 

Bethany Christian Services - We help thousands of expectant parents every year‚ÄĒof all ages and backgrounds‚ÄĒand empower them to make a plan. Only they can make the decision, but they don‚Äôt have to make it alone.When an expectant parent decides to pursue adoption, we offer support as they seek adoptive parents for their child. ¬†Please call 262-547-6557 for assistance.

DOMESTIC ABUSE

YWCA of Rock County - We are the largest network of domestic and sexual violence service providers in the nation. More than 150 YWCAs across 44 states provide gender-based violence services. Every year, in communities big and small, YWCAs get up and do the work of providing safe and secure housing, crisis hotlines, counseling, court assistance, and other community and safety programs to more than 535,000 women, children and families.  Please call 608-752-5445 for assistance.

Defy Domestic Abuse Beloit - We take a holistic approach when creating and providing services. Yes, we provide emergency housing. Yes, we have our own shelter. But we are far more than just a shelter.  Gaining safety is the vital first step in defying domestic abuse, but it is only the first step. Without an extensive network of services, such as financial planning; parenting support; therapy and counseling; legal advocacy; and community outreach, domestic abuse may be interrupted for a time in a person’s life but it will never be dismantled.  Please call 608-365-1119 for assistance.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Rock County Crisis Services - provides help to people of all ages who are experiencing either a mental health and/or alcohol/drug related emergency. The Rock County Crisis Intervention Unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week with professionally trained, Crisis Intervention Workers and Psychiatric Technician staff. All crisis contacts are conducted in a confidential manner. Services can be accessed at any time by calling the Crisis line number at 608 757 5025. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.  Please call 1-800-273-8255 for assistance.

SENIOR SUPPOPT

Assisted Living - Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.

Janesville Senior Center - Life begins at 50 and attaining that age is the only requirement to participate in the many activities and programs at the Janesville Senior Center. Activities and classes offered include: art, crafts, music, cards, games, fitness, and social activities.  Please call 608-755-3040 for assistance.

¬†Agrace of Janesville- Hospice is a special blend of medical, emotional and spiritual care for people in the last months of life‚ÄĒand their families. ¬†Hospice care is for people who:¬†

  • have any serious illness that cannot be cured,
  • are expected to live six months or less, and
  • are seeking comfort, not a cure.

When you enroll with Agrace HospiceCare, our specially trained staff and volunteers work together with you, your family and your doctor, to help you stay comfortable and meet your life goals.  Please call 1-877-700-3307 for assistance.


ECHO’s Stockbox Program - is available to residents over age 60.  ECHO distributes the boxes for Rock County.  The boxes contain approximately 35lbs of food. Items are usually staples, such as: juice, milk, cereal, meats, vegetables, and rice. Seniors are eligible to pick up one stockbox per month.  Please call 608-754-5333 for assistance.

CHILD CARE

Community Kids Learning Center - Our Janesville Learning Center and P4J provides local children with professional educators, developmentally appropriate curriculum and an environment that promotes life-long learning for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years old. Community Kids is one of Janesville’s two state-licensed centers available for second-shift workers. Care is available from 5 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with flexible scheduling to accommodate parents’ work schedules. Financial assistance is available to eligible families.  Please call (608) 755-2488 for assistance.

Early Head Start - Early Head Start is a free, federally funded preschool/family program operated in almost every county in the country. EHS supports pregnant women and families in their journey of educating and parenting their children during the infant and toddler stages of development (ages 0-3).  Please call 1-800-774-7778 for assistance. 

Community Coordinated Child Care (4C) - is part of a network of accredited, non-profit Wisconsin Child Care Resource & Referral agencies providing advocacy and support services for child care in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, and Walworth Counties. The agency strives to ensure that every child has access to high quality early care and education through integrated support and expertise.  Please call 608-216-7022 for assistance. 

PRISON MINISTRIES 

Prison Fellowship - Every person is made in the image of God. No life is beyond His reach. Founded in 1976, Prison Fellowship exists to serve all those affected by crime and incarceration, and to see lives and communities restored in and out of prison‚ÄĒone transformed life at a time. ¬†We help men and women replace the cycle of brokenness that landed them in prison. We advocate for justice reform and activate grassroot networks to do the same. We equip wardens to bring restorative change to their facilities. We care for prisoners‚Äô families and help strengthen the bond between children and their parents who are behind bars. We call the Church to lead the way in caring for those impacted by the criminal justice system. And we do it all from a Biblical worldview. ¬†Please call 1-800-206-9764 for assistance.


The Institute for Prison Ministries - The primary purpose of the Institute is to improve and increase the knowledge and special skills of individuals who lead prisoners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, who disciple professing Christians in prison and following their release, and, who work to influence the criminal justice system to embody Christian principles--transforming individuals and communities through excellence in Christ-centered, correctional ministry. Please call 630-752-5727 for assistance.  

Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry - For over 40 years, Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry has prepared incarcerated men, women, boys and girls to succeed after they leave incarceration and return to their community for a Crime-Free, Christ-Centered Life After Incarceration.  Please call 815-319-6625 for assistance.

 

TRANSPORTATION

COVID-19 Volunteer Drivers DRM - Volunteer drivers assist at risk individuals who are not able to secure transportation to things such as medical appointments, work, etc.  Hours vary depending on volunteer availability, call for current information. Rides offered: Monday-Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-1pm or 8am-9pm on rotating schedule.  Please call 608-335-6322 for assistance.

Transportation by Faith Works - Volunteers give their time to transport clients in their own vehicle to doctors appointments, community service agencies, and/or church ministries daily. Must call and make an appointment one-two weeks in advance. Please call 608-531-1880 for assistance.

VETERANS' SERVICES

Rock County Veterans Service Office - It is the mission of the Rock County Veterans Services Department to advocate for and provide assistance to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, and their dependents and survivors. We ensure that clients obtain all available and appropriate benefits for which they are entitled. The Department staff is committed to act in a courteous, effective and fiscally responsible manner, providing maximum service to its clientele.   Please call 608-777-5552 for assistance.

Veterans' Crisis Line - The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.  Please call 1-800-273-8255

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Orphan Grain Train - Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 68 different countries including the USA. Please call 1-877-377-7393 for assistance.

Compassion International -  A "Three-Cord" approach to ministry. We are Christ-centered, church-based and child-focused. Taken individually each cord is not unique. However, when taken together, why we serve, how we serve and who we serve creates a distinct approach to ministry.  Please call 1-800-336-7676 for assistance. 

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod CMS Resources

LCMS.org - Main website for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

The English District - There are 35 districts within the LCMS, and St. Mark is part of the English District. This is our district's website.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League¬†-¬†The Lutheran Women‚Äôs Missionary League (LWML) is the official women‚Äôs auxiliary of The Lutheran Church‚ÄĒMissouri Synod. For¬†75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman‚Äôs relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.

Lutheran Men's Network - The Men's NetWork is an Internet ministry-building resource center offering easy-to-use materials that will ignite and challenge the faith lives of men in your group.

Concordia Publishing House - Also known as CPH, it is the main publishing house for the LCMS.

The Lutheran Hour¬†-¬†Lutheran Hour Ministries is a trusted resource in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 125 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and 34 ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 50 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present. LHM‚Äôs flagship ministry,¬†The Lutheran Hour¬ģ, airs weekly on more than 1,800 radio stations and the American Forces Network.

Worldwide KFUO - LCMS radio station with website that carries more information.

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