PO Box 295 Stoughton, WI 53589


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How It Works and Mission

 
How It Works

Program Description
Host A Family matches families in need with sponsors to provide holiday gifts, all done anonymously. Host A Family is volunteer-run, non-profit organization where donations go directly to families in need. Today, with the ongoing assistance from DCHS, schools, churches, various organizations, many families, and dozens of volunteers, the HAF program now serves more than 300 families in need in its program area including the school districts of Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland.



Program Requirements
- You must reside with your children/dependents (18 and under) within one of the following school districts: McFarland, Stoughton or Oregon and be struggling financially.
- If hosted, you must be able to pick up your gifts at LakeView Church in Stoughton on Friday, December 13 or Saturday, December 14.  Times will be posted closer to the event.
- You must consent to the anonymous posting of gift requests and thank you note to the hostafamily.org website to facilitate host matching.
- You must provide address verification, an ID, and if requested, identification for the dependents living with you.


Applying
To receive gifts from Host A Family please complete and submit an online application. Your application will be reviewed and you will notified that you have been hosted with a postcard mailed to the address provided on the application form about a week before the scheduled gift pickup. 

The deadline for applying is November 15, 2019. If you apply after November 15th we will do our best to match you with a host but there is no guarantee.

To claim your gifts at the arranged pick up in December, you will need: 
1. The POSTCARD mailed to you
2. A PICTURE ID and 
3. PROOF OF ADDRESS (a bill mailed to you, a rental agreement, school documentation)
4.  You may be asked for identification for the dependents you list on your application.

 
Mission and History
The Host a Family program officially began in 1992 and was started by a teacher from Stoughton Middle School who saw certain students in need of clothing, food and gifts during the holiday season. She felt that there could be a mutual benefit to families-in-need and community-members-who-want-to-give by forming a program for hosts to anonymously provide holiday gifts for both children and adults, and other much needed personal and household items, to those families. With direct help from the middle school principal and from Dane County Human Services, along with the generosity from local families or organizations (including the FFA from Stoughton High School which has continued its support every year since!), ten Stoughton families were served that first year. 

Over the years the program expanded to include additional communities served by the Stoughton Office of Dane County Human Services, and the number of receiving families increased dramatically. Today, with the ongoing assistance from DCHS, schools, churches, various organizations, many families, and dozens of volunteers, the HAF program now serves more than 300 families in need in its program area including the four communities of Stoughton, McFarland, Oregon and Brooklyn.

During the first few years, volunteers would pick up gifts from the hosts and deliver them directly to the recipients. As the program grew, HAF found a central location for hosts to drop off gifts and for the recipients to pick them. Currently the program runs for four days in December out of Lakeview Church in Stoughton, WI. 

In tune with its roots and mission, HAF continues to operate as a volunteer-run, non-profit organization where donations go directly to families in need; not to overhead. HAF is dedicated to assisting families in need as well as providing a local, worthy, and anonymous way for people to give to others in their own communities. 

New in 2018!!  It's YOUR Day!!!  Providing a celebratory birthday package for a child in need!  Working in connection with the food pantries in each community, hosts are able to put together a birthday bag with a cake mix, frosting, toys, and a book.  

Today, Host A Family has truly established a way for community members to act locally and support their neighbors in need in a meaningful and tangible way. 
 

 
How It Works

Program Description
Host A Family matches families in need with sponsors to provide holiday gifts, all done anonymously. Host A Family is volunteer-run, non-profit organization where donations go directly to families in need. Today, with the ongoing assistance from DCHS, schools, churches, various organizations, many families, and dozens of volunteers, the HAF program now serves more than 300 families in need in its program area including the school districts of Stoughton, Oregon and McFarland.



Program Requirements
- You must reside with your children/dependents (18 and under) within one of the following school districts: McFarland, Stoughton or Oregon and be struggling financially.
- If hosted, you must be able to pick up your gifts at LakeView Church in Stoughton on Friday, December 13 or Saturday, December 14.  Times will be posted closer to the event.
- You must consent to the anonymous posting of gift requests and thank you note to the hostafamily.org website to facilitate host matching.
- You must provide address verification, an ID, and if requested, identification for the dependents living with you.


Applying
To receive gifts from Host A Family please complete and submit an online application. Your application will be reviewed and you will notified that you have been hosted with a postcard mailed to the address provided on the application form about a week before the scheduled gift pickup. 

The deadline for applying is November 15, 2019. If you apply after November 15th we will do our best to match you with a host but there is no guarantee.

To claim your gifts at the arranged pick up in December, you will need: 
1. The POSTCARD mailed to you
2. A PICTURE ID and 
3. PROOF OF ADDRESS (a bill mailed to you, a rental agreement, school documentation)
4.  You may be asked for identification for the dependents you list on your application.

 
Mission and History
The Host a Family program officially began in 1992 and was started by a teacher from Stoughton Middle School who saw certain students in need of clothing, food and gifts during the holiday season. She felt that there could be a mutual benefit to families-in-need and community-members-who-want-to-give by forming a program for hosts to anonymously provide holiday gifts for both children and adults, and other much needed personal and household items, to those families. With direct help from the middle school principal and from Dane County Human Services, along with the generosity from local families or organizations (including the FFA from Stoughton High School which has continued its support every year since!), ten Stoughton families were served that first year. 

Over the years the program expanded to include additional communities served by the Stoughton Office of Dane County Human Services, and the number of receiving families increased dramatically. Today, with the ongoing assistance from DCHS, schools, churches, various organizations, many families, and dozens of volunteers, the HAF program now serves more than 300 families in need in its program area including the four communities of Stoughton, McFarland, Oregon and Brooklyn.

During the first few years, volunteers would pick up gifts from the hosts and deliver them directly to the recipients. As the program grew, HAF found a central location for hosts to drop off gifts and for the recipients to pick them. Currently the program runs for four days in December out of Lakeview Church in Stoughton, WI. 

In tune with its roots and mission, HAF continues to operate as a volunteer-run, non-profit organization where donations go directly to families in need; not to overhead. HAF is dedicated to assisting families in need as well as providing a local, worthy, and anonymous way for people to give to others in their own communities. 

New in 2018!!  It's YOUR Day!!!  Providing a celebratory birthday package for a child in need!  Working in connection with the food pantries in each community, hosts are able to put together a birthday bag with a cake mix, frosting, toys, and a book.  

Today, Host A Family has truly established a way for community members to act locally and support their neighbors in need in a meaningful and tangible way.