Daytime Support in Madison
We offer the Off the Square Club to serve the community as a daytime resource center in Madison, Wisconsin. The center welcomes anyone living with a mental illness – whether you’re homeless or have a residence.
Off the Square Club provides a safe and supportive place where you are empowered to take charge of your own recovery, develop positive social connections and become an active member of the community.
You’ll discover that members turn to Off the Square Club for many reasons and with diverse situations and backgrounds. As a member, you may choose your level of support, whether you come in daily, weekly or once a year. Some people find basics like a warm place to rest in the winter, while others seek more intense support including crisis intervention and peer support.
Off the Square Club Services
Here, you can receive a hot meal or access a computer to connect you with resources, recovery support or urgent crisis stabilization. Off the Square Club is trauma-informed and recovery-oriented, and many staff members are state-certified peer specialists who are in recovery from mental illness themselves.
Peer specialists at Off the Square Club identify as having lived experience with trauma, psychiatric diagnosis and/or extreme emotional states and/or substance use and have completed rigorous state training and certification. They will ensure members are empowered to take control of their own recovery and have an opportunity to build a system that enhances and supports it. They encourage an environment where both parties can share their experiences of what works.
- Basic needs: Enjoy a daily hot meal and access to a TV, phone, computer and laundry facilities
- Peer support and counseling: Gain assistance from staff members who listen, empathize
- Employment opportunities: Find job assistance
- Social: Connect with other members who live with mental illness, too
- Crisis stabilization services
- Resource assistance and referrals: Discover relevant Dane County programs and services
- Structured activities: Join groups and discover volunteer opportunities help maintain your recovery
To become a member of Off the Square Club, you must be at least 18 years old, a Dane County resident, have a primary diagnosis of mental illness and agree to a criminal background check. The club welcomes members Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Off the Square Club welcomes donations to support its work. The greatest items of need are adult clothing, personal care products and arts and craft supplies. Off the Square Club also offers volunteer opportunities for members of the community, including involvement in our Advisory Committee.