Sunshine Place brings hope and help to children facing challenges that inhibit their ability to grown, learn and thrive. We deliver meals, clothing, beds, holiday gifts, backpacks and school supplies to children who might otherwise go without. Here is a list of the many services for children offered by Sunshine Place and its partner organizations.
Let Sunshine Place connect you with assistance meeting your children’s needs.
Where: 1632 W. Main St., Unit 110, Sun Prairie, WI
Hours: Available by appointment with referral from your school or community social worker
Contact your school social worker for a referral or our community social worker
Clothing for Every Child
We believe every child deserves clean clothing and warm winter wear. C.A.R.D.S. Closet is a free clothing resource for children and youth in the Sun Prairie Area School District. Families get a social worker referral to participate, then select clothing in private and compassionate 30-minute appointment. C.A.R.D.S. Closet, run by a student board of directors, accepts clean and gently used seasonal clothing and footwear, and brand-new socks and undergarments. If you want to give—and be certain that your donation benefits children in your community—drop off clothing donations in the large bin outside our store. Donation bin is open on a limited basis. See More Information for details.
Stuff the Bus
Where: Sun Prairie
When: Backpacks and school supplies are distributed mid-August
Phone: (608) 825-3875, ext. 0
Backpacks and School Supplies
For many families, back to school time becomes a burden. Our Stuff the Bus program and volunteers answer this need by collecting funds to purchase backpacks and school supplies. Filled backpacks are then distributed to children in the Sun Prairie Area School District. Stuff the Bus distributes over 1,500 backpacks annually to school children.
Spirit of Giving
Holiday Help for Families
Many of our neighbors could use support making the holidays joyful for their children. The Sun Prairie Spirit of Giving Program (with its roots in the Sun Prairie Community Help Organization) helps provide gifts and food to families for the December holiday season.
11/25/2021 Update. Due to overwhelming interest all families have been sponsored for 2021.
The Bed Lady Program
A Bed for Every Child
The Bed Lady Program delivers new beds to Sun Prairie school children lacking a place to lay their heads at night to help provide a sense of dignity and best enable them to thrive. Families can request a bed for their children through their school social worker. They also may call Joining Forces for Families at (608) 825-3225.
Sunshine Place sees working together as instrumental in helping those in need. In addition to our own programs, we have partnered with other social service and non-profit organizations to bring essential services to one central location.
RISE Early Childhood Initiative (ECI)
Helping Families Thrive
A healthy and thriving child starts at home. The RISE Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) helps pregnant woman and families with children ages 0-4 reach goals for family stability, wellness, child development and family relationships. ECI educates new parents about infant and child health, behavior, and development. It helps parents build and foster important relationships and provides opportunities to meet other parents with small children. ECI assists parents in finding jobs or getting more education, and connects them to housing, childcare, and other resources.
Help a Neighbor by Donating Today!
Your donation helps Sunshine Place spread rays of hope to individuals, families, and children in need. Sunshine Place uses financial gifts to deliver food, clothing, and necessary services to families facing hardship. Every donation is a valuable pledge that transforms lives in our community.