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Around 300 community members showed up to see our new home. Fresh Start youth were blown away by the outpouring of support. As they gave tours and demonstrated the hard work they do on a daily basis, they realized they were showing the community first-hand how they are carving their path to self-sufficiency.  We thank you for believing in our youth & supporting them in their growth.

HART ROAD OPEN HOUSE – Operation Fresh Start held an open house open house at this recently completed home in October of 2018.

2017 FRESH START AWARDS LUNCHEON – Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

BUILDING FUTURES CAMPAIGN LAUNCH – Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 for the public launch of the Building Futures Capital Campaign. If you weren’t able to join us, but want to learn more about the campaign, please visit our campaign page. Our future home is pictured below! 


SILVERWOOD PARK OPEN HOUSE – The staff and youth of Operation Fresh Start celebrated the completed construction and masonry work at Silverwood County Park on December 7th, 2016. In early 2014, we were commissioned by Dane County to transform a 300 acre farm into a beautiful place for education and recreation and our crews have done just that.

MAHER OPEN HOUSE – Operation Fresh Start & Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development had an Open House at 4813 Maher Avenue (in Madison) on June 23rd from 4-6pm. This event celebrated the completion of a housing rehabilitation project, including youth led tours of the house, refreshments, and a chance to see our programs in action. 

OPERATION FRESH START’S FIRST OFFICIAL OPEN TRAIL EVENT  On Wednesday, May 25th at Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona we celebrated the extensive conservation work done by our Dane County Youth Conservation Corps crews (as part of OFS’ Pathways Program). 

THE 10TH ANNUAL MERRILL LYNCH GRAND GALA – Operation Fresh Start was one of the nine agencies who were represented at Merrill Lynch’s 10th Annual (and final) Grand Gala. Merrill Lynch has created a tremendous impact in our local community through raising nearly $4,000,000 dollars over the past 10 years at this Gala. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate philanthropy in our community on May 6th, 2016.

PATRICK MARSH OPEN HOUSE – Partnership with Natural Heritage Land Trust and Sun Prairie Rotary was on October 4th from 1:00-2:30 PM.

VONDRON OPEN HOUSE – Operation Fresh Start & Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development Open House at 1933 Vondron Road (in Madison) was on September 30th from 4:00-6:00 PM.

9th ANNUAL MERRILL LYNCH GRAND GALA –  Operation Fresh Start is grateful to have been selected as the benefiting recipient of the 9th Annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala. This event took place on May 1st, 2015 and jump-started our Building Futures Campaign.

9th Annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala

 Operation Fresh Start is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations made to OFS are tax deductible to the fullest extent of tax laws.