Spring: A Lovely Reminder Of How Beautiful Change Is
Happy Spring y'all and welcome to the first Urban Triage Newsletter of April! In this newsletter, you'll find information about our new Youth & Family-centered Agriculture Initiative, our Co-conspirator Workgroup, Supporting Healthy Black Families' Workgroup, job opportunities, and much more. 
Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture Initiative
We're so excited that the weather is warming up and we have been able to get our Agriculture Initiative started! None of this would be possible without YOU and your commitment to transformational education and Black-centered programming.

Our new Youth & Family Centered initiative provides healing space for youth and their parents. Supporting families in utilizing the earth and the dirt as their playground for healing through trust-building & team-building activities in partnership with Madison Metropolitan School District we'll be able to run 3 cohorts this spring through the fall. For more details click below.

To donate items to our agricultural initiative click here. Our first cohort will support 20+ participants and 10 families starting May 1st. For more information, click the lick.
Supporting Healthy Black Families' Homeless Outreach Initiative
Urban Triage's Homeless Outreach Initiative got started in December of 2020. We pride ourselves on building partnerships and relationships to address the complex needs of those we serve. We've learned a lot of lessons in the last 5 months. The most important lesson we've learned is to show up no matter what. Show up, even when folks don't trust you; even when folks communicate their trauma in working with systems--we show up anyway. Because we know that trust-building takes time; we know that trust is the number one ingredient of serving those that are most vulnerable. The 2nd most important lesson we've learned is to make space for our Outreach Specialists to take time to fill their cups, so they have what they need to fill the cups of others. We're committed to addressing gaps in services for people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurities; we're committed to showing up and figuring it when unpredictable situations occur.

If you would like to be a part of the team of volunteers, community partners, and staff who are working together to serve those who are the most vulnerable amongst us click below. If you would like to donate essentials items, click below.
Supporting Healthy Black Families' Workgroup

We are on the move!! We're graduating our 5th oohort on May 15, 2021, and starting our 6th cohort on May 18, 2021!

As stated perfectly by a current participant: "Supporting Healthy Black Families' supported me in so many ways including providing me with a community to call my own when I needed it the most. They helped me heal. They helped me see my greatness when I fell hard into depression. I recently moved here from the south and immediately felt disconnected and lost. SHBF has supported me not in just finding my purpose but also in building a solid understanding of systems and how to survive them. I no longer feel disconnected. I no longer feel lost. I feel at home"

Join us as we embark on the journey of self-discovery and transformation. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our next cohort starting May 18, 2021, click the link below!
Co-Conspirators Workgroup
Do want to walk the walk? Do you want build your knowledge in how to be a true Co-conspirator for Black Lives?

Then sign up below for our Co-Conspirator workgroup. It's designed to bring about a positive, permanent shift in how we define and understand the depth of breadth of white supremacist patriarchal capitalism and how to work together in our fight for Black Lives.

We're currently on our 2nd cohort of our Co-conspirator Workgroup and boy is it life changing.

“I never expected the training to deal with my personal trauma. I never knew or even considered that white people are traumatized by white supremacy. To learn distinctions and names for my experience and be lead to experience aha moments and breakthroughs ---I have no words for it. Its nothing like I expected. This is more then history--this is how to be human. Who knew that soical justice was more about humanity actualizing then it was about getting it right?Life-changing is an understatement. I am forever thankful/grateful to this class, UT, and Brandi for this transformational experience & education.”

Join our next cohort starting on June 2nd, 2021, by signing up below. Be the change you want to see in the world.
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Urban Triage has been participating in the collaboration with partner organizations, volunteers and local businesses since last year through the Cook It Forward initiative. A collaboration between local restaurants and local nonprofits to create an end-to-end distribution network to tackle food insecurity in Madison.

We are proud to announce that through the partnership we've delivered over 5000 meals to families in Dane County area. Partnerships are what Urban Triage is made of. A big shout to Social Good Accelerator for spearheading an amazing collaboration. Click below for more information.
Rental Assistance Support Via the City of Madison has Finally Kicked OFF
The Dane County Collaboration of Black Service Providers (DCCBSP) spearheaded by Urban Triage was awarded funds for rental assistance support in February. Our contract with the city was signed in late March and we are NOW ready to serve. Our collaboration for this round of funding includes Nehemiah, Foster of Dane County, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Urban Triage, and Neighborhood Connectors. We're charged with supporting families in completing applications for assistance through the CORE portal hosted by Tenant Resource Center. We'll be supporting our community by way of pops up and zooms. Our pop ups will be centered on the north side of Madison and the south side of Madison every Tuesday and Thursday. We'll also be supporting community members with rental assistance applications starting April 13th Monday-Friday form 2 pm - 5 pm via zoom. Other collaboration partners will be offering other times and locations. Please visit our website for more details by clicking the link below for specifics on locations and zoom links. ***Our website will be updated by Monday the 13th.
Local Elections are today! Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

You'll find on your ballot for Spring Elections --- the State Superintendent, Madison Common Council, Dane County Circuit Court, Madison Metropolitan School Board, and Dane County Executive.

Click the link below to find your polling place!
Our Team is Growing!!
Please help us welcome Sebastian and Yo to our Squad!!

Sebastian joins our team as our Agriculture Lead. He comes to Urban Triage as a proud graduate of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. He holds a B.A in Political Science and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a Housing and Community Development focus.

Yo has joined our team as an Outreach Specialist Lead. She is the epitome of what it means to survive and thrive in the face of adversities. Not only does she have personal experiences with homelessness, she has personal experience overcoming all that life has placed in front of her.

Thank YOU both for joining our team!
We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated house plants for our upcoming giveaway!

We're hosting a houseplant giveaway on Earth Day to kick off our Supporting Healthy Black Families Agriculture Initiative!
Sarah Beach thank you for all that you do!!! Thank you for stopping by the office dropping off seeds and agriculture supplies for our Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture Initiative launching May 1st!

We are because of YOU!!
We're looking for a Director of Development!

The Director of Development for Urban Triage will report to and in partnership with the CEO, spearhead development efforts to support Urban Triage's rapid growth.

If you or someone you know would be a good fit, apply below and/or share the links!