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.
Operation Welcome Home has written 85 posts for Daytime Warming Shelter

East Washington Avenue warming shelter for homeless closes (Isthmus)

East Washington Avenue warming shelter for homeless closes Committee continues search for permanent facility By Joe Tarr on Thursday 03/28/2013 On Sunday, the warming shelter located at 827 E. Washington Ave. will close its doors. The facility was intended to be open for only one season, but Dane County officials wanted a permanent, year-round day … Continue reading

City-County Authorities

City-County Authorities From Ronnie Barbett The beautiful parks are about to reveal their true selves after the Spring thaw. The ice will melt; our bodies warming up as the sun rises over Lake Monona. The water fountains will be turned on and the Spring season begins…lovers, campers, fishermen down at the lake. Portable toilets for … Continue reading

A Better Outcome

A Better Outcome by Ronnie Barbett After all I’ve been through it may be wishful thinking…we have got to do this again. The successful operation of this program that was presented at this Daytime Warming Center proved itself worthy of continuation. It wasn’t meant to be. The authorities at Rainbow Project was given a guarantee … Continue reading

Join Us for the Homeless Services Consortium (Apr 2)

Please join us for the next Homeless Services Consortium Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. United Way Dane County 2059 Atwood Avenue 3rd floor Conference Rooms Agenda Mental Health Service Availability Presentation – Dane County Human Services & Recovery Dane; Announcements; Committee Reports; Networking & Sharing of Information Questions? Kristina Dux – … Continue reading

They Knew

They Knew by Ronnie Barbett During my time writing for Street Pulse and all the meetings that I attended on Martin Luther King Drive about the homeless issues, it’s no surprise to the people reading this. The homeless are about to overflow the square and beyond. It’s happening now, as predicted. I don’t like the … Continue reading

Receiving the written commendation from the Madison Common Council

Sarah Gillmore, Z! Haukeness, Ronnie Barbett, and Nate Abrams accept the written commendation last night (Tuesday 3/19/13) from the Madison Common Council to the Daytime Warming Center. Thank you to the staff & the many, many volunteers who have made this short-lived community of care a PHENOMENAL SUCCESS. We appreciate all of you!


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Madison, WI 53703
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