Building Futures

For nearly 50 years, Operation Fresh Start has given 8,000 disconnected youth a second chance in life by providing a path forward to self-sufficiency. In 2015, we set out to prepare for the next 50 years with our ambitious Building Futures Capital Campaign.

We sought to raise $4.5 million for a brand new home where we could expand.
With your help and generosity, we did it!

We are thrilled to announce that Operation Fresh Start has reached the $4,500,000 Building Futures Capital Campaign goal! This enabled us to complete the renovation project, move this winter, and start programming in our new home. This is the first capital campaign that the organization has undertaken and we are very grateful to the community for their belief in our mission and youth.

  • To our supporters who donated generously so that we could fulfill our campaign goal, THANK YOU
  • To our youth and program partners who have been renovating our future home, THANK YOU
  • To the business volunteers who hung drywall and painted, THANK YOU
  • To the companies who have donated furniture, THANK YOU
  • To our Capital Campaign Cabinet of volunteers, THANK YOU
  • And to our Campaign Co-Chairs, Lau and Bea Christensen, THANK YOU

We know we could not have done this without the broad support of our generous and caring community. What an incredible community we get to be a part of!

If we haven’t said it enough, THANK YOU for your generous support. We couldn’t have done it without YOU. Learn More about the Campaign’s GENEROUS MAJOR DONORS

Capital Campaign Cabinet
Campaign Co-Chairs: Lau and Bea Christensen

  • Bea Christensen
  • Lau Christensen
  • Betty Harris Custer
  • Jonathan DeSalvo
  • Eve Galanter
  • Jo Ann Healy
  • David Lehrer
  • Jason Loewi
  • Gregory Markle (OFS Executive Director)
  • Jill W. Pfeiffer (Former OFS Development Director)
  • Louise Root-Robbins
  • Kathy Switzky
  • Jim Sykes
  • David Worzala

Campaign Advisors and Endorsers

  • County Executive Joe Parisi
  • Governor Tommy Thompson
  • Mayor Paul Soglin
  • Sara Alvarado
  • Connie Ferris Bailey
  • Jonathan Barry
  • Holly Cremer Berkenstadt
  • Chariti Gent
  • Steve Hartley
  • Erica Nelson
  • Patti Rashke
  • Tripp Widder
  • Lynn Wood
  • Noble Wray


“OFS’ work as an organization is absolutely necessary if we are to make progress in our community toward improving the well-being and future prospects of all our youth and particularly our youth of color.”
– Erica Nelson, Project Director, Race to Equity and OFS Board Member

Our Future Home Awaits!
Operation Fresh Start youth participants, partners, and volunteers renovated the former home of Holy Cross Church and School at 2670 Milwaukee Street in Madison. The entire renovation process has provided opportunities for youth to work on a commercial project and learn various aspects of the trades!

Our doors are always open for tours for the community to see our new space, created out of hard work and a labor of love. Call 608-244-4721 to set-up a tour.