Some of the most common questions we are asked are listed below. If you have a different question, please use the form on the contact us page.
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 individuals with various religious affiliations who have come together to address the problem of homelessness for single moms and their children in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Who qualifies for our program?
SFTSM is not an emergency shelter, however, we provide shelter for single mothers and their children experiencing homelessness.
Where do we get our clients?
SFTSM receives referrals from school social workers, Joining Forces for Families (JFF), churches Salvation Army, The Beacon and other private individuals. To request a referral form, please e-mail our Case Manager, Sarah Marty, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are the units furnished? What is provided 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, and all basic food essentials.
How will the shelter operate?
We have an Executive Director, Case Manager, Opportunity Coach, Daytime House Manager, a Nightime House Manager, overnight staff and several volunteers. We have 24/7 coverage.
Each new resident meets with a case manager to do an intake and get familiarized with local services to make sure all basic needs are met. Then an opportunity coach works with them to set goals and assist with employment needs to help them earn a living wage.
Financial Coaches help them create a budget, negotiate with creditors and pay down debt. Many of our clients arrive with a credit score in the 400’s, but after working diligently with our counselors, they are able to graduate from the shelter with a score of 600 or better and most, if not all of their debt resolved.
SFTSM offers transportation and/or help obtaining a driver’s license, and many optional life skills classes. Life-skills classes include basic car maintenance, healthy cooking, understanding rental leases and liability, child development, self-defense, and soft employment skills. For the children in our program, we make referrals to partner agencies as needed and optional programming to help with reading, socialization, and support success in school.
Where does funding for operating expenses come from?
We are supported by fundraisers, individuals, churches in the Greater Madison Area, corporate donations, private foundations, grants and monthly program fees from our clients.