WE WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY
In May of 2015, at the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala, Operation Fresh Start quietly launched the Building Futures Capital Campaign. This project was just a vision at that time (though the need to do more for Dane County’s 4,000 disconnected youth was very concrete). Now, 2.5 years later, that vision is transforming into a reality. We want to say THANK YOU for believing in us early on and supporting the belief that every youth in Dane County deserves the chance to be an asset in our community. Another big THANK YOU goes out to our campaign chairs, Lau and Bea Christensen, for their dedication, generosity and passion.
OUR FUTURE HOME
In January 2017, OFS purchased the former Holy Cross Church and School, which will be Fresh Start’s Future Home. This transaction was beneficial to both parties. The church had built a new school on the far-east side of Madison. With the sale of their 2670 Milwaukee Street location, the congregation will be able to complete their own capital project to build the sanctuary.
OFS WENT PUBLIC!
On January 23rd at 11:00 a.m., at 2670 Milwaukee Street, Operation Fresh Start unveiled the site for a future home where the organization will serve twice as many youth.
One of the most exciting aspects of the campaign is that Operation Fresh Start youth and community partners are actively building the new home for OFS. OFS is taking two years to re-imagine and renovate the space to become a cost effective education and employment training center where youth can come to attain their diploma, find a career, or get a second chance in life.
PARTNERSHIP WITH REACH DANE ANNOUNCED
On July 20, 2017 Operation Fresh Start and Reach Dane (formerly Dane County Parent Council) announced their strategic partnership to improve multi-generational outcomes for youth in Dane County at the future home of OFS.
Jen Bailey, Executive Director of Reach Dane states: “Reach Dane is very excited to expand our collaboration with OFS. The newly designed classroom space will offer the highest quality early childhood education and comprehensive family support services. The programs will enroll the children of OFS youth, neighborhood families, and will also have a classroom specially designed to meet the needs of community families experiencing homelessness.”
In addition to making high quality, on-site childcare available to OFS youth with young children, it is our hope that this partnership with Reach Dane will be a source of educational opportunities for OFS youth who wish to pursue a career in early childhood development.
WHAT OFS YOUTH HAD TO SAY
“Amazing and special are the words I would use to describe the opportunity for Fresh Start participants to build the new Operation Fresh Start.” – Victoria
“I really like the idea of moving to a new space. It is great to expand. We are moving forward. The space will allow a lot more people to attend. I think it is great that the building will have better technology.” – Cory
January 2017 – OFS Youth and Partners began working on renovation of 2670 Milwaukee Street space
January 2019 – Renovations nearing completion and relocation begins
Spring of 2019 – Grand Opening of new home for OFS