What is SFTSM?
Shelter From The Storm Ministries, Inc. (SFTSM) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit ministry incorporated in Wisconsin, led by a local volunteer Board of Directors and Executive Team, with no national affiliation. SFTSM is a Christian organization made up of various religious affiliations who have come together to address the problem of homelessness for single moms and their children.
Who qualifies for our program?
SFTSM is not an emergency shelter. We require all clients to apply through an application process, which can take up to a week to complete. In addition to an application, background and credit checks are done.
Where do we get our clients?
SFTSM gets referrals from school social workers, the city social worker, and churches. Sun Prairie residents are our priority, but we will reach out to surrounding communities if we have open rooms.
Are the units furnished? What is provide to the residents?
Each unit is furnished. We provide everything the family needs when they move in: personal care items, bedding, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, new mattresses and all the basic food essentials. The families take all of these items when they move to stock their new apartments. After the family moves a team will clean and restock the apartment for the next family to move in.
How will the shelter operate?
We have an Executive Director, a House Manager, a House Mother and overnight staff. We have 24/7 coverage.
Where does building funding come from?
SFTSM has paid for the building with secured loans from FCI and Bank of Sun Prairie totaling $537,000. Volunteers have helped to keep our costs down assisting with the demolition of the building, painting, fence installation, and coordination of work from our sub-contractors. We continue to apply for grants and are so grateful for those individuals and businesses that have committed to a recurring monthly donation.
Where does funding for operating expenses come from?
Monies for funding our operations are made up of donations from our main fund raising events, donations, grants, monthly donations and client program fees. Our major fund raising event includes our Gala for Shelter in February. General donations will come in the form of monthly donations from individuals and churches, miscellaneous fundraising events from community organizations and churches, corporate donations, and private foundations. SFTSM will charge program fees to our clients. A percentage of their monthly income will be charged to pay for services offered at the shelter and to support our theory that offering everything for free does not teach responsibility or replicate the normal expenses of everyday living.