"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others"
Hey, Friend! Welcome to the final newsletter of May. Just like the weather, things are heating up at Urban Triage! We're celebrating the first day of our first youth-centered workgroup and announcing a new name for one of our initiatives! Read more to find out!
Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture (SHBA)
We’ve gone B(L)ACK to the earth! Saturday, May 15th was the first day of our pilot program Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture! And it has been off the chain.

We have 15 children and 10 parents in our 1st cohort!

We've invited Johnathan Tunstall, a doctoral student at UW Madison, to co-facilitate utilizing hip-hop education as an additional framework.

Hip-hop education is a fun and exciting way to keep children engaged and help them retain all of the information that is learned in our workgroup! Bonding time between children and caretakers has never been so fun and educational.

If you'd like to learn more about our Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture Initiative, click the link below! We'll be sharing updates, looking for volunteers, and more!
Supporting Healthy Black Families'
Unhoused Neighbors Initiative
After discussing the power of words and the importance of centering humanity, we knew we had to change the name of our Homeless Outreach Initiative. 

We're happy to announce that the name has been changed to Unhoused Neighbors Initiative. By changing the name, we're spreading an important message: being unhoused does not mean that you do not have a home. The word home is not limited to a singular location, and we recognize that home can mean something different to everyone. 

Although our name is changing, our work will remain the same. Grounded in transformation, we’ll continue moving forward in our fight against housing insecurity.

If you would like to join the fight against housing insecurity in the City of Madison and the greater Dane County area, click the link below and find out how to get involved, donate essential items and bags, and support our Unhoused Neighbors Initiative!
Supporting Healthy Black Families' Workgroup

Transformation is necessary to unlock new opportunities, drive personal growth, and continue moving forward. 

If you want different outcomes in your life, you must commit to personal growth and transformation. Our Supporting Healthy Black Families Workgroup is designed to foster positive, permanent change in the lives of Black families.

For too long white supremacy has taught us that we ARE not enough. It has had a negative impact on the lives of most Black families; to change the narrative--we must first look back at our pasts to heal for our future.

We've created a collaborative environment that is supportive, and uplifting, and inspiring so that you have room to heal, build community, and grow to your full potential. 

Become a part of the Urban Triage Family and commit to transformation on June 8th. Come as you are, and leave transformed. And, receive a stipend and wrap-around support while you do it!
Dane County Collaboration of Black Service Providers (DCCBSP) Rental Support
Thousands of households in our community are facing housing insecurity as a result of the pandemic.  

Housing disparities hit Black people the hardest in Dane County. While Black people represent only 5.1% of the total population, over 53% of people experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness are Black. 

We’re fighting back against these shockingly disproportionate statistics, and since we've started this journey along with the collaboration, we've helped over 100 families apply for Rental Assistance through the CORE Program. By sitting down with community members and assisting them with filling out the application, we can ensure that applications are approved and have no or minimal setbacks.

If you want to make a lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable, jump on board! We are still looking for volunteers to assist with processing applications. Click the links below to learn more! 
Co-Conspirators Workgroup
Everyone has hidden biases in their lives that need to be revisited and examined. Our Co-Conspirator Workgroup was designed to shift your awareness, so you are better able to analyze the way you know, think, and act. 

In 13 weeks, we'll break down the way that white supremacy racism is perceived and understood.

“This workgroup has changed my perspective on so many things, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve made new friends, learned new ways of thinking, and I feel like a changed person”-Cohort 2 Participant.

We invite you to come along with us as we continue the fight for Black Lives. Our third Co-Conspirators Workgroup starts on June 2nd! Sign up, tell a friend, and stand up against white supremacy racism! 
Cook It Forward
In one month we've delivered over 400 meals through Cook It Forward!!

Cook It Forward is a collaboration between local restaurants and non-profits. Together, we have created an end-to-end distribution network to tackle food insecurity in Madison.

We would also like to give HUGE a shout-out to Bonnie Seirlecki and Bill Newman for delivering meals for families in need! Thank you for your hard work delivering quality, healthy meals directly to the doorsteps of those who need them most!

If you would like more information, or are interested in delivering meals to families in Madison click below!
Consulting Services
Want to bring Urban Triage to your organization? We offer multiple levels of transformative education, equity, and social justice consulting services. Click the link below to learn more!
We would like to give a huge THANK YOU! To all of our amazing volunteers that make our work possible. Our volunteers help with agriculture, rental assistance, and more.

Urban Triage volunteers have dedicated 70 hours of their time over the past 90 days to support our mission and vision. Thank you, we are because of you!
We would also like to give a BIG shout-out to Little John's Kitchen for their ongoing donation of meals to both our Unhoused Neighbors and Agriculture Initiatives!

With the support of Little John's, we are able to provide meals to our vulnerable community members and to the members of our Agriculture Workgroup! Thank you!!
Saturday, May 29th is the Gemini Black Business Expo. Connect with other Black business owners in Wisconsin, and enjoy shopping, food, and drinks.

If you'd like to be involved with this event, click below!
As you know, we are an organization for the people, by the people. It is through your donations that our work is possible. See the list below for items that are needed to continue supporting our work.

  • Chlorine Free Bleach
  • Swiffer Wet Pads
  • Trash Bags
  • Face Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Spray/Wipes
  • Full List

Thank you for donating, we are because of you!
We're STILL 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. We offer competitive salaries and wages!

If you or someone you know would be a good fit, apply below and/or share the links!
Canvas flyers, send to your network, post on social media, and/or give to friends and family to spread the word about our work!