Fresh Start Focus
December 2018

"I realized that I wanted to give back to all the people that played a part in my story." - Terrence, former OFS youth
Read Terrence's Story  Below
 

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Our Mission: Operation Fresh Start provides disconnected youth a path to self-sufficiency.
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Happy Holidays from Operation Fresh Start!

All of us at Operation Fresh Start wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! Without your support, we could not continue our mission of providing youth a path to self-sufficiency. 

Because of you, OFS youth are able to forge their paths forward 
and have a brighter future. For that, we thank you!
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All donations received from now through the end of 2018 will be matched up to  $20,000! 

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OFS Volunteers Needed

Calling all volunteers! We need your help to clean and put finishing touches on our beautiful, new home at 2670 Milwaukee Street.  Volunteers are needed for the following dates:

Date: 12/28/18
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm  or 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: 2670 Milwaukee Street (Madison, WI)
Number of People Needed: 15 each session 
Duties to include: Deep cleaning of space prior to agency move, including window washing, stair cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, deep cleaning, and other duties that emerge.
 
Date: 1/21/18 (MLK Day of Service Opportunity)
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm  or 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: 2670 Milwaukee Street (Madison, WI)
Number of People Needed: 15 each session 
Duties to include: Deep cleaning of space prior to agency move, including window washing, stair cleaning, scrubbing, vacuuming, deep cleaning, and other duties that emerge.

If you are able to volunteer, please reach out to Melinda Gleason, Office Manager at mgleason@operationfreshstart.org or  by phone at 608-244-4721. Please reach out prior to 12/24/2018. Every bit of support helps. Thank you!

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OFS Featured in Cap Times Article

In case you missed it, OFS upcoming move was featured in an article in The Cap Times! Check out the article here and stay tuned for more updates about the big move to our new home at 2670 Milwaukee Street!
Terrence 
Terrence's Story
 
I initially came to Operation Fresh Start because I was falling behind in High School due to involvement in gang activity. My breaking point was losing my two role models and elder brothers to the prison system (a 12 year sentence for both) when I was Junior at East High. With my crisis and low promise of graduating on time, I was determined to make a change.

My time at OFS was nothing short of magical, and instantly I felt a sense of community. I slowly befriended other students with similar backgrounds and opened up to a genuine staff that made me feel as though my life really mattered. For the 1st time in my life, I felt like my future was in my hands and not in the hands of gang culture -- where I had previously found my false Identity. Simply put, those years were some of my happiest and most challenging moments that played a pivotal role in sculpting me into a better man today.

Currently I work at Ameriprint Apparel as the Senior Graphic Designer, and in my spare time, I am a Freelance Designer and Artist. Outside of work, I have gotten the opportunity to work with awesome people -- like designing the t-shirts for Ha Long Bay, building a logo for The Badger Project, and working with local musicians like William Z. Villain who is touring in Europe and featured my artwork in Rolling Stone. I will never forget that OFS gave me the grant that bought my 1st MacBook when I started the Graphic Design program!

I reached back to OFS to give back, when I was going through a reflecting period of my life. I realized that I wanted to give back to all the people that played a part in my story and what I realized is that OFS literally saved my life. So, I am forever in your debt.

Thank you for a second chance,

Terrence 

When Terrence reached out to OFS and offered to give back, he was recruited to design the posters that will hang in the reception area of our future home. Below is one of the posters that Terrence designed. We can't wait to show you the rest in our new home! THANK YOU, TERRENCE!




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