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Madison Park Rangers – Heroes To Homeless

Madison Park Rangers – Heroes To Homeless

By David Gegenhuber

Around the middle of February, we got a call at the Day Warming Center. On the phone was a Madison Park Ranger. He stated that he had the possessions of two of our homeless that had been found in one of the city parks. The property had identification among the items, and this park ranger had gone the extra mile to investigate where the owners of this property might be found. He talked to another homeless person he had met in the park, and the homeless person suggested that the park ranger call the day warming shelter. The park ranger called and took it upon himself to bring the found property to the Warming Center.

We wish to thank this park ranger and the Madison Parks Division for their understanding of our situation and the care of our property. You can trust when we say that we don’t like dragging our possessions around the city, but without a permanent 24 hour, 365 day shelter where we might store our possessions, we are left with no choice. So we appreciate the care taken for our possessions by anyone or any city department when we are somehow separated from our property.

To our homeless friends –
If you find your possessions missing from any of the city parks, the Madison Park Rangers may have them. They will hold your possessions for 30 days and all you need to do is contact them to retrieve your property.

Here is the complete contact information:
Madison Park Rangers
Madison Parks Division
210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Room 104
Madison WI 53701-2987

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Phone: 608-266-4711


About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.


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(608) 371-WARM
Note: You must dial '608' first.


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(7 days a week, until March 31st)


827 East Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
(former Lussier Teen Center)


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