'“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.'
Hey Co-Conspirator, welcome to our second newsletter of August. We're so excited to share what we're up to. In this newsletter, you'll find program updates, new program information and information on how you can support our back-to-school campaign, and more!
Hello Beautiful People,

Quetta Rogers here, and I am delighted to be writing directly to all of our amazing community members. In case you didn't know, I'm responsible for overseeing the operations of Urban Triage, a challenging endeavor, by the way.

Brandi Grayson, our CEO, believes passionately that we can change the world one person at a time. It is my responsibility to see that it happens by coordinating all operations, budgets, and staff. I do everything. You name it; I do it. My excitement at being a part of the journey of Urban Triage is beyond words.

As a newly promoted Director of Operations, I look forward to learning, growing, and leading our team and community. It is an honor to have been chosen for this position. My commitment to Urban Triage is unwavering, and I'm so excited to be a part of the experience of growing and expanding the reach, impact, and services of Urban Triage.

We are growing rapidly, which translates into light-speed hiring. Send your friends a message. Don't forget to invite your cousins. Send everyone you know. We're looking for a Chief of Finance, Chief of Staff, Office Manager, and about seven other positions. Visit our website for more information and job descriptions. Our employment opportunities aren't the only thing we're offering; we're also opening a new location downtown next month.

Thanks to you, we're rocking and rolling.

Over the last three months, we provided individual rental assistance to 625 members of the community. Our unhoused community members received over 500 essential bags thanks to your support in the last six months.

Please accept my BIG THANK YOU for supporting Urban Triage's vision, mission, and passion.

We have accomplished a lot over the last 24 months, and WE'RE just getting started. Stay tuned for what's to come and continue supporting, advocating, and investing in Urban Triage, an organization grounded and founded in the people, integrity, transformative justice, and humanity.

Watch us work!!


Quetta Rogers
Director of Operations
New Campaign Alert!!

We are so excited to announce our newest campaign, Supporting Healthy Black Students!

Did you know that U.S. households expect to spend $529 per student on back-to-school expenses this year? Insane right!?

That's why this year, we wanted to make sure that children in our community return to school feeling confident, inspired, and excited.

After a historically difficult year for both students and parents, we wanted to take the back-to-school stress off and raise money towards new clothes, hairstyles, shoes, snacks, and more!

Click the link below to read more about how we're Supporting Healthy Black Students & donate today to make a difference in a child's school year!
It's Going Down!!

We want to announce again how excited we are to be expanding our workgroups in Madison and into Milwaukee – offering Supporting Healthy Black Youth Workgroups utilizing the framework of hip-hop.

Not only are we adding workgroups, but we're also expanding supports of our current workgroups to include grief counseling and telehealth--promoting healing, resilience, self-esteem, and connection.

Thanks, UW Partnership, for investing in the vision and mission of Urban Triage. A special shout out to Natalie Sorden, Sarah Esmond, Tenah Hunt, Annalee Good & Amanda White for the many hours spent making this a reality.
Supporting Healthy Black Families' Workgroup

Our Workgroup is Almost Full!

If you don't know about our transformative workgroup--Supporting Healthy Black Families, you need to know about it. The next session begins on September 21st, 2021.

In this workgroup, we're challenged to look within ourselves and encouraged to use the power within to expand outside white supremacy constraints. It's a powerful, life-altering experience.

Learn the why behind your behaviors and the tools to change maladaptive behaviors. Expand your knowledge of white supremacist patriarchal capitalism and its attributes. Building a deeper understanding of how said attributes show up in our parenting, intimate relationships, and goals.

Our workgroups are rooted in personal change, personal development, trauma recovery, and accountability.

Join us on September 21st as we kick off our 7th cohort of Supporting Healthy Black Families and break free from the narratives of white supremacy racism. Come as you are, and leave transformed; tell your friends, tell your families, we’ll see you there. 
Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture
We’re getting ready to kick off our second cohort of Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture (SHBA)! Our fall cohort will focus on growing fall vegetables, preparing the soil for spring planting, canning, and food preservation.

It's an amazing opportunity for children and their families to come together and grow, heal, and learn from the earth. Our curriculum includes culturally relevant education and focuses on trauma recovery and healing in a unique way.

By teaching the basics of agriculture, we can increase the capacity of Black families and communities to sustain their own solutions to problems in a way that helps shape and exercise control over their physical, social, and economical, and cultural environment. 

So what are you waiting for? Get your hands in the dirt and join us in our second cohort! We’re accepting applications. Click below and sign up.
DCCBSP Rental Support
Our Support of CORE I

The Dane County Collaboration of Black Service Providers (DCCBSP) has been offering Rental Assistance pop-ups all over the city of Madison since February of 2021.

We're sad to announce that our support of CORE I ends effectively on 8/31/2021. If you need support in the month of August, visit our website for Urban Triage's scheduled pop-up locations or visit one of our partner organizations.

Mt Zion: Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (2019 Fisher St. Madison WI 53713) 

Fosters of Dane County: Mondays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 4:00-6:00 pm at 700 Rayovac Dr. Suite 122 

Neighborhood Connectors: Wednesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Public Library (5726 Raymond Rd.) If those times do not work for you, don't hesitate to get in touch with 608-284-8716

FYI: Urban Triage's program to distribute $10.7 million in rental support outside of the city of Madison begins in October.

We are weeks away from kicking off our Rental Assistance Program in partnership with Dane County Human Services and the City of Madison.

We're creating a call center grounded in human-centered customer service.

We distribute 10.7 million dollars to households who need rental arrears, security deposits, utilities, and forward rent.

Over the next few weeks, we'll begin training new staff to ensure that they are prepared and confident in their ability to deliver excellent customer service. We’re committed to creating an environment that is comfortable, safe, and time-efficient for every person that needs our services. We’re ready to serve you and can’t wait to get started. 
We started our Co-Conspirators Workgroup to show our community that the power to make a change lies in partnership. This workgroup inspires participants to make changes in themselves, their families, and their communities. Our Co-Conspirators Workgroup aims to inspire allies into action while also encouraging and supporting them to become leaders and educators for a lifetime. 

Our next cohort starts on October 28th, 2021, and we’d love to see you there. Check out the links below and take the first step to change your life. 
Co-Conspirators Cohort 3 Fundraising

Big thank you to co-conspirators Heather Owens and Cathrine Orr, who hosted a Pop-Up Art Fundraiser for Urban Triage. The pop-up featured an array of items, from digital media art to fused glass jewelry.

Shout out to Bonnie Sierlecki, who organized a speak-a-thon to raise funds for Urban Triage. Scheduled for Saturday, August 28th, with the support of several cohort members, participants, and community members, will speak on the Capitol steps from 8 am to 1 pm about Urban Triage's impact on their lives and share anti-racist speeches. You don't want to miss this.

We are so grateful to have such dedicated members of our Co-Conspirators workgroup; thank you for standing on the frontlines with us!
Surround yourself with community, grab some food, and enjoy the last warm nights with Urban Triage!

On Thursday, September 16th at 6:00 PM, we will be hosting a movie night at Penn Park! This is a family-centered event. We'll be showing the movie "Soul."

We will be distributing school supplies at this event as well, depending on donations-- please keep your eye out on Facebook for further event details!
There is an emergency FoodShare replacement benefit available for FoodShare recipients who have lost food due to natural disasters and power outages.

The form to request this benefit can be found by clicking the link below. Instructions are on the form and a completed form must be sent within 10 days of the disaster.
Urban League of Greater Madison is hosting the Foundations for the Trades Career Academy. Class starts September 7th! Attend the training to learn the ins and outs of construction work, and be supported by a Trades professional. You will also have access to job openings through our network of employer partners. Please click below to register!
August 29th is the Black & Latino Unity Picnic!

This is a family-friendly, community-focused event. This event will focus on the common struggle of Black and Latino Workers for better working, housing, employment, and living conditions in the neighborhood.

Head to Penn Park on the 29th for food, music, information, and unity. The event will also hold general guidelines for social distancing, food handling, and PPE.

Hosted and sponsored by Latonya Jackson, Founder/CEO of Waiting To Exhale Events.

Come out. Eat. Get free school supplies. Build community. Support community while supporting a new grassroot organization. And, donate.

Americorps Vista Campus Compact Project is now recruiting!

Urban Triage is currently hiring Vista applicants. If you're looking for a great opportunity to kickstart your career, click below!
We're Hiring!! Please click below to visit our website and apply for our current open positions! Join Urban Triage and become part of our story with competitive pay and a dynamic work environment!