Lutheran Social Services Mission Moment

 Off The Square Club Works with Neighbors to Foster Change Within Community

Fresh towels are something most of us take for granted. For members at Lutheran Social Services’ Off the Square Club in Madison, towels are a luxury. More than half the club members are homeless. With the addition of a shower thanks to ELCA congregations in the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, along with various corporations, foundations and generous individuals, club members have access to shower facilities.

This welcome addition brought with it a new challenge – providing fresh towels for clients. When Hampton Inn and Suites, of the Raymond Management Company, in downtown Madison learned of this challenge, they were determined to help LSS.

Hotel Manager Michael Luehrs and Assistant Manager Nicki Kelly came up with a plan to begin donating towels to Off the Square Club. Now two years later, Off the Square club receives three deliveries of towels from Hampton Inn and Suites Housekeeping Staff each week, with 25 towels in each delivery. Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan thanks that staff at Downtown Madison’s Hampton Inn and Suites for their commitment to meeting the needs of their neighbors.