our services & support
The Solace program is designed to be both comprehensive and expansive, offering a full spectrum of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support, free of charge. Our home will shelter as many as four individuals at a time, each with their own private room, for as long as needed—whether it be days or months—according to their own individual needs and preferences, as long as they remain hospice eligible.

How it works

A joint effort

Solace will not in itself, be licensed as a hospice provider. Solace staff and volunteers supplement, but do not replace, clinical care which will be provided by one of the several hospice home care programs available to Dane County. Determining which particular hospice organization is involved is a choice made by the individual receiving care. Solace cannot nor will not endorse or express preference for any one hospice program.

Hospice's role

Once a person is enrolled in a hospice care program, a Plan of Care (POC) will be developed by hospice professionals together with the dying person and others (including Solace staff and volunteers) who will be responsible for implementing the POC. Typically, the hospice is responsible for physician oversight, scheduled visits from nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, counselors, and hospice volunteers, and others according to the POC. They will also supply medications, durable medical equipment, and other care supplies necessary for symptom management.

Solace's role

Solace staff and volunteer caregivers will offer additional support just as family caregivers do when other hospice patients receive in-home care. This includes housekeeping tasks like cleaning and laundry, as well as meal preparation, and assistance with various activities of daily living such as bathing, toileting, dressing, etc. Just as importantly, Solace will offer companionship and community that supports emotional, social and spiritual desires of each individual.

In addition to close collaboration with area hospices, Solace also depends fully on the financial generosity of those who want to help us succeed. Your contribution is critical to making Solace a reality. Our immediate goal is to raise a minimum of $500,000 in cash assets before the end of 2021. To make a donation now, please click here.

Who we serve

According to our mission, Solace's aim is to serve our community’s most vulnerable people as they prepare for the end of their lives. Our primary target population includes individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness/condition who are hospice eligible, and also experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, extreme poverty, mental/emotional health issues, substance abuse disorder, and/or social isolation. We will also support previously homeless people who reside in Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, or other locations connected to Dane County’s Housing First effort. We envision serving a very diverse community and accept those of all ages, races and ethnicities, faiths, sexual and gender identities, and people with disabilities.

Referrals and Assessments

We anticipate referrals from a variety of sources including numerous health care, housing, and human services organizations, from friends of those in need, and from individuals seeking care for themselves. When evaluating referrals, we take a number of factors into consideration, such as specific diagnosis, current health status, and suitability for the care we provide. Once we receive a referral, our team will meet face-to-face with those seeking support to make an assessment and determine more exactly, what and how services can best be provided. If you'd like to make a referral or find out more about the process, please give us a call at: (608) 843-8191.

Planning and perserverance
Based on learned experience from our friends in the Omega Home Network, we realized early on that it would take time and a lot of work to realize our vision. The average timeline for similar efforts is 4 – 5 years, and it seems we are right on target.

Solace Home

From the beginning we thought a free-standing house would be the best setting to provide the kind of care—and especially the sense of community—that we envisioned. However, before making our decision, we thoroughly considered other care delivery models by asking:

Over time, however, we’ve come to realize that our initial vision is the best choice after all, and in March 2021, Solace established a formal agreement with Housing Initiatives, Inc., a Madison organization whose mission is to end homelessness for those suffering from mental illness. The proposed plan is for Solace to raise sufficient funds that will cover rent and maintenance expenses for the first two years of operations. Housing Initiatives will then purchase a dwelling and rent to Solace. Solace hopes to eventually purchase this property.

Where we are today…

Today, Solace is searching for property that is suitable for our "Solace Home"—a place where our terminally ill guests can reside as they receive end-of-life care. More specifically, we are looking for a house (or possibly an apartment) that is wheelchair accessible, and has a minimum four bedrooms, kitchen, dining/common room, two bathrooms, parking, and on a bus route somewhere near downtown Madison. It goes without saying that the structure we choose will be structurally sound and in a condition that affordably obtained and renovated to meet our needs.

If you know of such a property that may be available for purchase, rent, rent-to-own, or even obtainable through in-kind donation, we want to hear from you. Accordingly, we are now ready to receive financial contributions that will be used to fund the acquisition and renovation of the home, as well as, to support the ongoing operational costs associated with our program. We hope you will help. The earlier we meet that goal, the sooner we can begin to serve those in need. To learn more and donate, please click here.

Looking ahead:

We still have a great deal to do before we will be able to welcome residents into our Solace Home. As we move forward, our work is currently focused on myriad efforts necessary to ensure our mission is accomplished. Following is a list of our current priorities.

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