Provider Details

Lydia's House

Address: (See Map)

Peace United Methodist Church
265 N Church St
Richland Center, WI 53581

Mailing Address

265 N Church St
Lydias House
Richland Center, WI 53581

Contact Information:

Phone: (608) 649-6003

Organization Contacts

Rev. Bill Busch
Phone: (608) 608-6474

Larry Engel
Phone: (608) 604-0996


Lydia's House is a venture or the Richland County Ministerial Association to provide emergency shelter for homeless persons on winter nights. Homeless persons, those with no place to stay out of the elements for the night will be provided with a warm place to sleep between 6:00pm and 8:00am, Monday through Friday nights, beginning January 3 and ending April 13. There are no arrangements for Saturday and Sunday evenings

The site of the shelter will be rotating between area churches. Call for current locations. Requirements and rules will be explained a the time of check-in. Residents have a 15 night cumulative maximum for a one year period.

It is the hope of the RCMA to facilitate our community in providing for the safety and well-being of those in need of shelter from the elements for the night.

Check in Procedures

When persons check-in they will be asked to complete an application and a criminal backround check will be completed for each potential guest. A copy of the application and admission policies can be obtained by emailing

People being served by Lydia's house; listed in priority of admittance:

Single parent with minor children

Two parents with minor children

Single woman without children

Couple without children

**No single men will be admitted unless there are no other residents and, and such men can be turned down at the discretion of the intake person even if there are no other residents. Single men will be discharged daily if there are other qualified residents.

Contact Info:

Recorded Message only about the current location, site, and current contact person

St Barnabas Episcopal Church

Ph: 608-649-6003

Security Officer Phone

Carrol Boyle


Peace United Methodist Church

Pastor: Rev Bill Busch

265 N Church St

Richland Center, WI 53581

Ph: 608-647-4559

St Barnabas Episcopal Church

Pastor: Rev. Don Fleischman

297 Main St

Richland Center, WI 53581

Ph: 608-649-6003

Trinity United Methodist Church

Pastor: Rev. Bill Busch

400 E Seminary St

Richland Center, WI 53581

Ph: 608-647-3203

Larry Engel - Richland County Ministerial Association President

Ph: 608-604-0996

(Updated 11/5/2012)

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emergency shelter

Geographic Areas Served

  • Counties Richland

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM


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Last Update Date: 10/21/2013

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