We have compiled a list of resources throughout Dane County aside from the resources we at Briarpatch provide. Resources range from housing assistance to counseling services. 

Financial help due to the pandemic

The City of Madison has launched a new program, The Financial Resources Hotline, a free service to help residents navigate the financial stressors of the pandemic https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/city-of-madison-launches-financial-resources-hotline.

This Hotline is staffed by Financial Navigators trained to help callers address financial concerns and connect to resources. Services are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Wolof, and Mandinka, with ASL and other languages available through the city's interpretation services.  

The Hotline can be accessed by calling 608.315.5151 between 11 am and 7 pm Monday - Friday or 12 - 5 pm on Saturdays.

Please visit the Partner Resources Page to learn more about how to access the hotline.


Housing & Shelter


Homeless Resource Guide (Madison) http://www.madcityhomelessresourceguide.com/

This site is published by Friends of the State Street Family (FSSF) to be used by volunteers and advocates to better assist them in finding resources while doing outreach.


Tenant Resource Center http://tenantresourcecenter.org/pc/

Tenant Resource Center (TRC) offers free housing counseling for tenants and landlords interested in learning more about their rental rights and responsibilities under Wisconsin law. They provide these services at all three locations, including the campus office and the Housing Help Desk. At the Housing Help Desk they help people find housing and have a small Housing Crisis Fund. TRC provides mediation services at small claims court for evictions as well as out of court. They also provide outreach and education through a brochure series, local workshops, seminars and books on Tenant/Landlord Law.

Housing Help Desk http://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/housing_help_desk

At the Housing Help Desk tenants, landlords, and service providers can find information, applications, and referrals to help people find and maintain quality, affordable housing. For information and services, contact the Housing Help Desk at (608) 242-7406, or stop in during business hours.

Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmydanecounty.org/

 The Salvation Army provides emergency shelter to single woman and families in Madison and Dane County. The Salvation Army offers a variety of supportive social services and housing options for homeless and low income families.

Porchlight, Inc. http://www.porchlightinc.org/ 

Porchlight provides emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling, and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area. Porchlight's services are designed to foster independence and the transition into permanent housing and employment.

The Road Home http://www.trhome.org/

The Road Home Dane County is committed to developing long-term relationships with homeless families with children that can change lives. They work with families not only to relieve the immediate crisis of homelessness, but also to build skills, resources, and relationships that set the stage for long term success.

Shelter from the Storm Ministries http://sftsm.org/about-us/story-mission/

Resources for homeless and low income families are available in Sun Prairie, WI.


Parents & Families

Care Net / Elizabeth House http://www.carenetdane.org/

If you are pregnant, or think you might be, you are not alone. Compassionate professionals and client advocates at Care Net Pregnancy Center are there to give you free, confidential peer consultations and support in a comforting environment. They will listen to you and help you develop positive solutions focused on the well-being of you, your family, and your unborn child.

Food Pantry PDF - View PDF

A regularly updated guide to Dane County Food and Personal Essential pantries is available.

Planned Parenthood http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=2733&a=91860&v=details

For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has worked to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

Public Health, Madison and Dane County https://www.publichealthmdc.com/health-services/pregnancy

Public Health offers two free perinatal programs for people who are pregnant living in Dane County. Nurse-Family Partnership and Prenatal Care Coordination provide support and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Clients do not need to be legal residents to receive assistance. Phone 608.266.4821 for more information.


Early Head Start / Dane County Parent Council, Inc. http://www.dcpcinc.org/

Dane County Parent Council (DCPC) is a community based, private, nonprofit umbrella agency for the delivery of a variety of child development and family support programming, that is designed to enhance the well-being and future success of participants.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) http://abuseintervention.org/ 

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) believes that a world free from violence is possible. They work to make Dane County, WI a safer, more just, more equitable place for people, who have experienced domestic violence, as well as their children and the people who love them.

Canopy Center's Parent Stress Line   608.241.2221    8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

Canopy Center is a Dane County agency that offers programming to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote healing of those affected by abuse.

Teens Rise Above http://teensriseabove.org/ 

A community-empowered program that initiates and inspires teens.

OutCare Health  https://www.outcarehealth.org/

OutCare Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of providing extensive information and education on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare to providers and the public. OutCare has a national directory of LGBTQ culturally-competent providers, a nationwide LGBTQ public resource database, a diverse Mentorship Program, and cultural competency trainings. 


United Way 211 https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/2-1-1/

United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help) is an information and referral service that connects people to a variety of resources: bill payment help, housing search assistance, support groups, food pantries, community clinics, and many other services. They are available every hour of every day and can assist in almost any language.


Birth Injury Justice Center  - https://www.childbirthinjuries.com/cerebral-palsy/

Birth Injury Justice Center provides help to guide and assist families with cerebral palsy and other disabilities caused by physical birth injuries. 



Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services

Tellurian http://www.tellurian.org/

Tellurian UCAN, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency that provides a wide array of human services. Services address problems relating to substance abuse and addictions, mental illness, and homelessness.

Journey Mental Health http://www.journeymhc.org/

Journey is a nonprofit agency located in Madison, WI providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to residents of Southern Wisconsin. Your visit there is the first step on the journey to recovery for yourself, a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker.

Parent Addiction Network of Dane County (PAN) http://www.safercommunity.net/parent_addiction_network.php 

Site for parents, families, and friends who have a loved one affected by drug addiction. This site can help you find answers to the many questions that surround addiction, treatment, insurance, legal issues, recovery, and getting support.



Inclusive Employment

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Job Board  https://wislgbtchamber.com/job/milwaukee-repertory-theater-108-east-wells-st-milwaukee-wi-53202-other-program-manager/



Dane County Family Law Resource Guide http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/countylinks/familylaw.pdf 

Parent, youth, family court, divorce, grandparents' rights and more.

Wisconsin State Bar http://www.wisbar.org/forPublic/Pages/for-public.aspx

Wisconsin State Law Library http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/assist.php 

Includes legal documents by county, information on health, disabilities, consumer directories, legal assistance resources for low-income individuals, and family law.


 Briarpatch Youth Services supports the immigrant, refugee, and undocumented youth and families in our community. We recognize that the presence of ICE in Dane County may cause distress for some community members.

For more information regarding your immigration-related rights, please click on the following link: https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/ or call Centro Hispano at 608.255.3018.


Immigration Affairs

Dane County Family Law Resource Guide http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/countylinks/familylaw.pdf