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Photos: Temporary homeless day shelter to close (WSJ)

Temporary homeless day shelter to close
Photos & captions by John Hart at The Wisconsin State Journal

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Ronnie Barbett tends a welcome desk at Madison’s daytime warming shelter on East Washington Avenue. The daily volunteer signs visitors in and out of the center and offers direction and advice to those needing assistance.

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Sarah Gillmore, who helps run Madison’s daytime warming shelter on East Washington Avenue, hopes the facility can be a model for an eventual year-round, full-time center for the city’s homeless population.

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Ferlisha Tye and her 9-month-old son, Javaris Bell, are among the more than a 100 people day who come to the temporary day shelter at 827 E. Washington Ave., which will close March 31. “We have nowhere else to go,” said Tye, who has been homeless for five years.

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Sarah Gillmore, who runs Madison’s daytime warming shelter on East Washington Avenue, embraces a member of the city’s homeless community following a weekly town hall meeting at the facility.

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Donated clothing is available for people who are homeless at the temporary day shelter, which will close March 31.

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Al Muhaymin and his wife, Jennifer Kohl, are members of Madison’s homeless community and regular visitors to the city’s warming shelter on East Washington Avenue. Muhaymin also volunteers in the center’s computer room, helping to oversee operations of the shelter’s popular Internet resources.

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Robert Fischer and Carl Jonas use the computer lab at the temporary day shelter on East Washington Avenue, which will close on March 31.

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Members of Madison’s homeless community exit a daytime warming shelter on East Washington Avenue. The facility is scheduled to be closed at the end of the month, leaving its more than 100 daily visitors without a place to go.

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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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