Porchlight provides temporary emergency shelter to single men at its Drop-In Shelter and two overflow shelters. Guests receive two hot meals per day, personal hygiene supplies, access to laundry facilities and outreach services. During the winter months, Porchlight serves an average of 160-180 men each night.
Intake for all three shelters is at Grace Episcopal Church, at 116 West Washington Avenue.
- Summer: 7:30 pm to 7:30 am. Intake is from 7:30-10:00 p.m.
- Winter: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Intake is from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
- Anyone needing to enter the shelter after intake has ended must receive prior approval by calling shelter staff at (608) 255-2960 before 9 p.m. on the day of late entry.
There is a 90 night limit for Drop-In Shelter use per person, per year. An extreme weather exemption will go into effect for nights that are 20 degrees or less, with wind chill or for other extreme weather conditions such as thunderstorms.
For the safety of our staff and shelter guests, anyone who is clearly under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will not be allowed into the shelter; exceptions are made during extreme weather conditions mentioned above.
All guests are expected to abide by the Drop-In Shelter House Rules. These rules are posted in the shelter and are available in print form at request. Failure to abide by the rules can be the basis for denial of shelter use on a temporary or permanent basis.
This emergency shelter operates with the support of over 60 volunteer organizations and 1,200 people, who provide two meals every day of the year to over one thousand individuals. Thank you to all who donate their time and effort to helping those in need.