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PROVIDING A HAND-UP TO HOMELESS MEN SINCE 2007

GIFTS Men’s Shelter provides a safe place to sleep, nourishing meals, faith filled camaraderie and life recovery services to homeless men from Rock County, Wisconsin. 

GIFTS and COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a challenge for GIFTS and the men we serve. A decrease in donations and volunteers has put a damper on quite a few things we have had planned this year. Nevertheless, we are "pressing towards the mark" and praying for all to blow over soon. Our men have been diligent with cleaning, taking temperatures every time a guest or volunteer comes into the building, and wearing masks inside the shelter and in the community. With volunteers sparse, the men have been serving meals themselves and providing coverage for key volunteer positions. This has been draining for our men, but God is good in that not so much as a cold has passed through the shelter. 

In hopes of reigniting some volunteers, we have installed a large plexiglass sheet in between the kitchen and dining room. We also require masks for all volunteers and a temp check upon entering the building. The men are also sanitizing high traffic areas every hour.

We are slowly opening up to new guests and require them to have a negative COVID test prior to entering our program. This of course puts a strain on these men with having to wait days for their results. With colder temps coming, we are working out our plan for emergency stays and our Extreme Weather Shelter. Please keep checking back for updates. 

In regards to our Thrift Store, we unfortunately made the decision to postpone our Grand Opening that was scheduled for November 7, until spring/summer 2021. With a lack of volunteers, and the gathering restrictions of COVID, we decided now was not the right time to have this event. While we are not quite ready to open for shoppers due to a lack of volunteers, we are accepting donations on Monday-Thursday between 10am-5pm at the side door on Alden Rd. 

We are accepting monetary donations in person, through mail, and here on our "Give" page. We are also accepting food donations at 1025 N. Washington St, Janesville, WI. All clothing and other donation items should be taken to 1141 Blackbridge Rd, Janesville, WI. 



GET HELP NOW

Are you a homeless man in need of a hand-up? Contact us for information on how GIFTS can help.

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VOLUNTEER

Want to volunteer? The life that gets changed might just be yours!

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DONATE

Do you want to transform lives with your gift? Provide HOPE to countless men through your financial contribution.

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EVENTS

Do you want to have fun AND support a worthy cause? Learn more about GIFTS events.

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MEETING A NEED IN ROCK COUNTY

8070

Nights Of Lodging

16140

Meals Served

5246

Items Of Clothing & Hygiene

7118

Hours Of Education

IN THEIR WORDS
Paul Benish Anniversary Speech

Paul Benish Anniversary Speech

A couple of weeks ago, at church in Madison, we heard about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead.  In the end, Jesus said "Unbind him and set him free".

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Dean

Dean

“It’s one thing to get sober, it’s another thing to live that way.”

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Danny

“……You know we were always in church……From the time I can remember, they never argued. I never heard them say one cross thing to each other. That’s the childhood I had and it was something I didn’t appreciate……..”

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CHURCHES THAT SUPPORT US

Afton Community Church

Asbury United Methodist Church

Beloit Life Center

Bethel Baptist Church

Calvary Tabernacle

Cargill United Methodist Church

Christ The Rock

Christ Presbyterian Church

Footville Church Of Christ

Crosspointe Community Church

Edgerton United Methodist Church

Emerald Grove Congregational United Church Of Christ

Faith Community Church

Faith Lutheran Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Milton

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Janesville

First Lutheran Church

First Presbyterian Church

Footville Church of Christ

Good Shepard Lutheran Church

Grace Evangelical Free Church

Hope Lutheran Church

Janesville Weslayen

Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church

Milton United Methodist Church

Mount Zion United Methodist Church

Mt. Calvary Lutheran

Nativity Of Mary Parish

Oakhill Christian Church

River Hills Community Church

Rock Prairie United Presbyterian Church

Roxbury Church Of Christ

Salvation Army

St. John Lutheran Church

St. John Lutheran Evansville

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

St. Mary Of The Immaculate Conception church

St. Patrick Parish

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

St. Peter's Lutheran Church

St. William Catholic Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Free Lutheran Church

Turning Point Church