About Us

The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. It links Stoughton residents under age 55 with community resources, offers advocacy, and provides support in housing, utilities, transportation, health and employment. Case management is offered as well professional life coaching and short term financial assistance when appropriate

START Values

  • All people, regardless of gender, class, ethnicity, age, disability and sexual orientation will have equal access to services. (We do not discriminate by age but only provide case management and financial support to those under 55.)

  • We respect the inherent worth, dignity and privacy of every individual.

  • We value the mind, spirit and body of those we serve.

  • Collaboration and partnerships strengthen safety nets for support.


START celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011. In 2001 Pastor Sue D'Alessio, Stoughton United Methodist Church, pulled a group of people together and asked "How can we better support our neighbors in times of need?" Kelly Janda social worker worked three hours a week on a $3,000 budget from local churches. In 2012 Kris Gabert, worked 32 hours a week, in an office at the Stoughton Area Senior Center supported by a budget of $90,000. Now, in 2016 START Program Director, Cindy Thompson works full time at 40 hours per week on a budget of approximately $120,000. 

Significant in START's history is the role it played in 2005 and 2006 by providing support to tornado survivors. Three part-time case managers, assisted by the START Program Director, provided case management support. Of the 165 tornado survivors who requested support, 161 received financial grants from donated funds for a total of $311,000.

In 201 8 the START Program Director responded to 337 new contacts from Stoughton area residents in crisis. The program provided face-to-face assistance to 353 households. Of these, 231 households were supported with case management services (multiple visits with the Program Director addressing multiple barriers). Total financial assistance was $58,916. Households that received mortgage/rent and security deposit subsidies to prevent foreclosure or eviction totaled 111 at $42,769. Households that received utility assistance to prevent electricity, water or gas disconnection, or to assist with LP fills totaled 27 at $5,415. Households that received transportation assistance to ensure reliable access to employment and other resources totaled 36 at $1,454. Households that received support for health care needs totaled 15 at $3,437.

START is providing a safety net for families in crisis.


Stoughton area resource team staff

Executive Director: Cindy Thompson, MSW, CAPSW (cthompson@startstoughton.org)

Administrative Assistant: Brooke Schmidt

Board of Directors

  • Todd McVey - President

  • Teresa Plumley - Vice President

  • Cathy Christman - Secretary

  • Michelle Abbey - Treasurer

  • Jessica Knutson - Director

  • Jeffrey Zarth - Director

  • Barb Roe - Director

Community Advisory Board

  • Jim Alonzo

  • Pat Brestar

  • Kay Davis

  • Steve Ehle

  • Klaire Gingen

  • Lisa Jackson

  • Srgt. Andrew Johnson

  • Paul Lawrence

  • Sharon Mason-Boersma

  • Donna Olson

  • Sharon Quale

  • Barbara Roe

  • Jeannine Shoemaker

  • Kathryn Vaughn

  • Meg Veek

  • Colleen Wermuth