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PRESBYTERIAN STUDENT CENTER FOUNDATION

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Protestant, Religion

Mission: Pres House seeks to be a spiritual home at the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. In keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian tradition of hospitality, Pres House is dedicated to providing a religious center and purposeful student housing to promote the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth of the residents and members of the campus community.

Results: 90% of PH Apartment residents increased the number of people they knew in the building by average of 327% (triple) between move-in in the fall to April. 83% of worship participants report learning or trying something new in spiritual life this year 96% of worship participants report being meaningful connected to at least 3 other peers at Pres House. 96% of respondents felt cared for by the Pres House community. 28 stories from members and residents were shared in worship, online, or in newsletters this year (up from 20 last year) 100% of respondents feel that students and young adults are encouraged and supported to use their gifts at Pres House. 88% of worship community members were looking for opportunities to interact with different people and found that at Pres House, or were pleasantly surprised this happened even if they weren’t looking for it. 35% of “involved” participants engaged in volunteer service in a typical month for a total of 3817 hours of volunteer work through Pres House. Increased the number of partnerships engaged in by 57% (from 21 to 33)

Target demographics: students and residents

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750 students

Geographic areas served: the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Programs: Pres house provides a religious center and high quality student housing to promote the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth of the residents and members of the campus community. To accomplish this goal, pres house provides discussion groups, study spaces, meals, service opportunities, and other events.

as a ministry of the presbyterian church, u. S. A. , pres house provides worship services and other services to meet the spiritual needs of the campus community.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anne Jensen N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I wish Pres House was the vibrant community it is today when I was an undergraduate. It’s an incredible place for students to thrive on UW’s campus and find their spiritual and emotional home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pres House is a fantastic organization dedicated to encouraging diversity and inclusivity in the community of Madison, Wisconsin. The members (students, board, etc.) are dedicated to propelling Pres House forward and making it accessible to those from all walks of life.

1 Laurie Warren J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pres house is a very welcoming and exciting community for students at UW Madison. From weekly dinners to retreats to break with a purpose, there are meaningful things to do and awesome people to know. I give my time to this organization because they make a positive difference in students lives.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Have you ever served on a Board of Directors where half the members are students? A key to Pres House success is the investment in and by student leaders at the very core of business, governance, and organization. First person experiences, stories from small and large group gatherings, truth-telling about challenges and successes--all brought to the table by our youth. They serve to educate the rest of us in our many walks of life. In the end, we all grow from this mix.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pres House is a creative community in the heart of the UW-Madison campus. It is a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA, and offers students everything they are looking for in a community of faith. But, it is also more than that. It is a risk-taking organization that provides student housing that goes beyond a place to sleep, it is a campus community leader that is not afraid to address the challenging issues facing young adults today, and it is a innovator constantly looking for the places it can help students and young adults grow stronger together in faith. This is a place where any UW-Madison student should look for a home away from home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Creative, hard working staff. Warm, welcoming environment for exploring one’s faith. Energetic, enthusiastic student board members. Pres House is not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas to better the lives of it student members. May it continue to grow and prosper long into the future.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to be on the Board of Directors of Pres House for the past 5 years. Pres House, which almost died two decades ago, has developed into one of the finest campus ministries in the nation, thanks to exceptional staff leadership and a Board of Directors that had the courage to take some risks. it is a now a model for other campus ministries to pursue which may be at risk of closing.

2 Meredith B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pres House has been the best community that I've been a part of over the past several years. It's the first place on campus that made me feel like I belonged and had a home in Madison. I've made friendships that I can imagine lasting for the rest of my life, grown in both my personal and faith journeys and become so involved that most of my free time is spent at Pres House. I know that there will be a day when I have to leave, and it will be a bittersweet ending that I wish would never come. I take solace in knowing that the connections I've made here will always be available to me for love and support.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This vibrant Christian community right on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus provides a wealth of opportunities for social and spiritual growth of undergraduate and graduate students. Sunday evening nondenominational services welcome individuals of all backgrounds, and follow the service with a meal to create a stronger sense of community. Small groups range from spiritual growth to social justice to community action. The inclusive community has become a gathering place for individuals of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and religious traditions. I admire the way in which the pastors have created a space in which students can grow personally, spiritually, and in community with peers of diverse backgrounds.

1 Silas S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student who has been a part of this organization for the past 2+ years, I can't say enough good things! It has provided me with a welcoming spiritual community for me to grow in my faith, and given me the resources to serve the community in unique and fun ways. Would highly recommend.

3 Steven M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Pres house since my first week as an undergraduate on the UW campus. The community has always been so welcoming, and has always helped to make me feel at home and has been a place that encourages me to take control of my faith journey while in meaningful fellowship with peers, the pastors and many others from the greater Madison community. I’ve had the chance to get involved at Pres House on so many levels ranging from Freshman Connection Small Group to the Organization’s Board if Directors. I would highly recommend this place to any student at UW Madison who is seeking a place of worship or simply a caring community!

2 Ebenezer O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It mis a great place to bond with people and to engage with the word of God.

2 Emily J.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pres House is where I call home at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been apart of this organization since my first days at the university, and it has been the greatest contributor to my success at this campus. It is where I forged my closest friendships, where I have played the role of student leader, and where I find spiritual nourishment several times a week. My quality of life has been made better in all ways by the people and power of Pres House.