Years in the making, and after several disappointing setbacks, Madison’s homeless day resource center, the Beacon, opened a little over a year ago. It’s been a turbulent, busy year. Since it’s opening in October, 2017, the Beacon has served 235 guests a month — 80% more than originally anticipated, providing a diverse suite of services including health and mental health care, legal assistance, housing and Social Security services. Volunteers had logged almost 21,000 hours. Early in 2018, the Beacon had the dubious distinction as Madison’s address most visited by the police, before police calls tailed off later in the year. Catholic Charities operates the Beacon under contract to Dane County. Catholic Charities President and Chief Executive Officer Jackson Fonder joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on November 12, 2018.
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