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The Second Chance Apartment Project

We invite you to be a part of bringing Easter to a Madison family who needs it the most!

Our goal is to end homelessness for one family by Easter! Let’s make the new life we receive in Jesus real! We hope to raise the $16,000 needed (approximately $8,000 annually) during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 14 through Easter Sunday, April 1.

Over the past four years, 2013 - 2017, Midvale Community Lutheran Church (MCLC) provided two previously homeless families with shelter in the church-owned Wakefield Street house through The Road Home’s Second Chance Apartment Project.

Both of MCLC’s two-year Second Chance Apartment Projects have ended successfully with the families moving into their own apartments. We have accomplished this through a partnership between MCLC, The Road Home, and the Madison Community Foundation. With the support of the Congregational Council and the congregation, the Social Ministry Committee will now lead efforts to raise the funds necessary to support a third Second Chance project and, specifically, provide housing for a family living in the Wakefield house over a two-year period.

We ask that you join in committing to take part in the Second Chance Apartment Project. You can contribute to the project in a variety of ways: by donating money, by volunteering to be a mentor to the family, by providing house wares and furniture, by praying for the success of the project, or by signing up to help move furniture and house wares into the house.  It’s up to you! 

Financial Support: there are four easy ways you can make donations to MCLC’s Second Chance Apartment Project and help us reach our goal of $16,000 by Easter (April 1):

    1.    Send a check to MCLC using the enclosed envelope or place a check in the offering plate during worship. Make your check out to the “Madison Community Foundation” and write “Midvale Second Chance” on the memo line.

    2.    Send a check directly to the Madison Community Foundation. Checks can be sent directly to Madison Community Foundation, 111 N. Fairchild Street, Suite 260, Madison, WI 53703. Make your check payable to the “Madison Community Foundation” and write “Midvale Second Chance” on the memo line. You may also set-up monthly giving via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Please contact MCF at (608) 232-1763 to establish a new monthly EFT gift.

    3.    Give Online at the Madison Community Foundation Website. To make a donation online go to the Madison Community Foundation Website (www.madisongives.org/mclcsecondchance) or click on Give, Give Now, and search for the fund by either typing in “Midvale” or using the fund number: “3031303.” The minimum credit card gift amount is $20.00. 

    4.    Give stocks or mutual fund shares. Madison Community Foundation can accommodate many types of gifts, including appreciated stock or mutual fund shares. Please contact MCF at (608) 232-1763 to make your gift of stock or mutual fund shares.

All donations are charitable contributions through the Madison Community Foundation, and will go toward supporting the Second Chance Apartment Project at the Wakefield Street house.

Volunteer Support:

A work day and a time to donate household goods is set for Februay 10 from 10am – 2pm at the home, 4322 Wakefield Street. If you are interested in donating household goods or helping to prepare the house for the next occupants, please contact Judi Kessler (608-217-5571, Judik@c21affiliated.com).

If you have any questions about the Second Chance Apartment Project or are interested in serving as a mentor to the family, please contact Greg Lampe (608-238.1012, greg.lampe@charter.net).

To learn more about the Second Chance Apartment Project of The Road Home, you can also visit: http://trhome.org/second-chance-apartment-sponsors/

What is the Second Chance Apartment Project

The Second Chance Apartment Project is a program of The Road Home which provides support and shelter for overcoming homelessness. Midvale’s residence just east of the church on Wakefield provides housing for a family for two years. Midvale members and others in the community donated funds to cover rent and utility costs for two years and provided funds and labor to update the house and furnish it. Members also volunteer as mentors and provide Christmas gifts.

The Second Chance Apartment Project is a partnership between Midvale Community Lutheran Church, The Road Home (formerly known as the Interfaith Hospitality Network), and the Madison Community Foundation whose mission is to encourage, facilitate, and manage long-term philanthropy in the Madison area.

Why Rent the Wakefield House to a Family through the Second Chance Apartment Project?

A number of years ago, Lutheran Social Services moved out of the church-owned house on Wakefield Street. Over time, Midvale Community Lutheran Church tried to find a useful purpose for the property. Midvale Community Lutheran Church was unsuccessful in finding another non-profit agency to rent the house and efforts to gain permission from the city to tear down the house and convert the property into additional church parking also failed. Meanwhile, the house remained empty.

The Social Ministry Committee, in consultation with the Church Council, explored with The Road Home staff the possibility of renting the Wakefield house to a family through the Second Chance Apartment Project. In spring 2013 the Church Council officially endorsed this idea and the Social Ministry Committee led the effort.

With the support of the Church Council, the Social Ministry Committee led efforts to prepare and furnish the Wakefield property and raised the funds necessary to support a family living in the Wakefield house for a two-year period. The first family graduated from the program in October 2015, and funds were raised to support a second family in this program.