Dear friends and neighbors,

In the past few weeks, I’ve participated in some wonderful – and challenging – conversations. Our incredible staff are in the process of planning to reopen the center to children and youth this summer. After being closed for so long, it’s exciting (and a little nerve wracking) that we’re finally planning for this day. And though we can all hardly wait to see these kids again, the obstacles facing us in this new era are very real.

This is why we’ve started the process so early. It will be at least a month before kids are back in our hallways. We need to make sure we’re bringing students back to the safest environment possible – an environment that is going to look very different from the last time they were with us.

As the day draws closer, we’ll update you on what is going on with programs and share what some of those safety precautions look like. In the meantime, I’m holding onto this hopeful return, a first step toward bringing our community together once again.

Please be safe, be well and take care of each other,

Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director

Art + Hip Hop
GCC Transition Academy student Jalal, a.k.a. Sinbad, has been shooting photos using film ever since he lost his digital SLR camera. His brother gave him a polaroid camera, and he never turned back – deleted the photos he had taken previously and reset his whole aesthetic. Jalal talks about his art and his plans for the future on WSUM’s Well-Versed podcast. Give it a listen and learn a little more about this soon-to-be Transition Academy graduate.
Creative Writing
Here's a poem written by one of our Transition Academy students, Raina.

Supply Drive Success
You donated, we gathered up supplies and now we’re ready to distribute! We have 200 bags packed with school supplies, books and personal care items for Lowell and Emerson elementary families. Tomorrow, we’ll set up a drive-thru system similar to our food pantry and get these important items in the hands of families.

Thank you to EZ Office Products for donating supplies and helping us get together such large quantities so fast. Thank you to Madison Reading Project for donating 500 books for all reading levels. And thank you to our wonderful community for stepping up once again!

Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Some wear T-shirts and deliver massive quantities of food. Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin has been an incredible partner to GCC for years, and has really stepped up these last two months. Like all food banks in Wisconsin, Second Harvest has seen a dramatic increase in demand, ordering and gathering three times as much food as they would in a regular season. We source about 75% of our food from Second Harvest, and even with the increased demand, they are providing support completely free of charge. Thank you so much, Second Harvest! We could not operate our food pantry without you.

Delivery Fees for GCC
Sometimes local businesses step up to help GCC and we don’t even know about it. We were pleasantly surprised to hear through the grapevine that Amy Moore, owner of Little Luxuries, has been charging a $5 delivery fee for local orders, all of which will be donated to the Center. Even better: Amy’s making the deliveries herself, getting around town on her pink scooter. Visit the Little Luxuries website to learn more about shopping options currently available at the store.

Drive-Thru Food Pantry
Tues. 9:30 a.m. – noon. Wed. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs. 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

All are welcome – no need to call ahead. Food is distributed in the Ironworks building parking lot, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison.

Neighborhood Dinners
The Center is managing a neighborhood meal distribution three days a week. Wed. & Thurs. individual dinners Fri. two family-style meals + pantry bag

For delivery in Darbo/Worthington and Brentwood neighborhoods:
Contact Sara at 608-807-4984 or email and tell her your address AND how many meals you’d like. We’ll knock or ring your doorbell between 3:30-4:30 p.m. as we leave the meal on your doorstep.

For delivery to Carbon & Generations @ Union Corners :
Contact Fran Augustine at 608-242-4400 or email and tell her h ow many meals you’d like. Meals will be delivered between  3:30-4:30 p.m.  to the community room, labeled for you.

Sign up once, then you’ll continue receiving meals weekly. Contact Sara or Fran to cancel. More info, including the menu here (scroll to bottom of the page).
“Thank you so much for your great volunteer spirit, the kindness you show to families in need and your beautiful energetic spirits! You make such a difference in our community. Sending a donation today.” - Pam

There is hope on the horizon. Can you feel it? We’re far from out of the woods, but the things each one of you have done to get through these last two months has made it possible for us to hope. Thank you for taking care of yourselves, your families and your neighbors. We’re getting through this together.

* Consider yourself hugged. *
We are constantly reassessing how we can help our community.
Ironworks: 149 Waubesa Street Brassworks: 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704
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