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Community Fridge confronts the tension between zoning and mutual aid

​The East Johnson Street mainstay provides free fresh food, but complaints put its future in doubt. When Madison Community Fridges installed a refrigerator filled with free fresh food near the intersection of East Johnson and Brearly Streets last summer, their goal...

Group helps homeless as cold sets in

MADISON (WKOW) -- As this sudden cold snap takes hold of the area, it's threatening some of Madison's most vulnerable. For much of the Madison area, the sudden blast of frigid air came as a bitter surprise. Most of those left unaware simply felt uncomfortable and...

Pandemic highlights challenges helping homeless in extreme weather

MADISON (WKOW) -- For most of us, keeping cool during the summer is as easy as turning on the air conditioning. But for those experiencing homelessness, and during the pandemic, it's not so easy. "We're doing everything we can to at least get resources like water and...

Madison officers offer resources for those looking to escape the cold

MADISON (WKOW) — With Madison’s cold days turning into colder nights, the city is taking steps to make sure people have places to escape the cold, as well as a way to get there. Robert Beslic relies on Madison Metro buses. He said he’s taken steps to minimize the time...

Volunteers & police help the homeless during deadly cold

MADISON (WKOW) — As the frigid temperatures prove deadly in parts of the Midwest, police officers and volunteers are making sure some of Madison’s most vulnerable stay alive during the polar vortex. “We knew it was life or death,” said Jeff Turk, a volunteer and the...

Jefferson Award Winner, July 2019: Kelly LeGrand

MADISON (WKOW) — This month we dealt with extreme heat, posing a danger to those who live on the street. But Madison’s Kelly LeGrand made sure even the most vulnerable were kept safe, because she’s walked in those shoes before. “There were plenty of times I slept in...

‘Act of dignity’: portable showers aid homeless in Madison

Gregory wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every day to wait in line for a shower at the men’s shelter in Grace Episcopal Church on the Capitol Square. He’s been on and off the streets in Madison since 2008 and has followed the same morning schedule for years. “It’s just get the...

Silent Madison – Phillip

As I passed out boots to our friends on a chilly November Sunday, a man by the name of Philip walked up to me with the aid of a cane and sat down to try on a pair. “Thank you for being patient with me,” he said as I helped him situate himself, taking his cane as he...

Angels on State Street

Did you know there are Angels on State Street? You can see them there every day if you look hard enough. They aren't dressed in white with feathered wings blaring of trumpets flying overhead...They wear t-shirts and jeans, so they can walk among us...

Group helps homeless as cold sets in

MADISON (WKOW) -- As this sudden cold snap takes hold of the area, it's threatening some of Madison's most vulnerable. For much of the Madison area, the sudden blast of frigid air came as a bitter surprise. Most of those left unaware simply felt uncomfortable and...

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Volunteers & police help the homeless during deadly cold

MADISON (WKOW) — As the frigid temperatures prove deadly in parts of the Midwest, police officers and volunteers are making sure some of Madison’s most vulnerable stay alive during the polar vortex. “We knew it was life or death,” said Jeff Turk, a volunteer and the...

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Jefferson Award Winner, July 2019: Kelly LeGrand

MADISON (WKOW) — This month we dealt with extreme heat, posing a danger to those who live on the street. But Madison’s Kelly LeGrand made sure even the most vulnerable were kept safe, because she’s walked in those shoes before. “There were plenty of times I slept in...

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Silent Madison – Phillip

Silent Madison – Phillip

As I passed out boots to our friends on a chilly November Sunday, a man by the name of Philip walked up to me with the aid of a cane and sat down to try on a pair. “Thank you for being patient with me,” he said as I helped him situate himself, taking his cane as he...

read more
Angels on State Street

Angels on State Street

Did you know there are Angels on State Street? You can see them there every day if you look hard enough. They aren't dressed in white with feathered wings blaring of trumpets flying overhead...They wear t-shirts and jeans, so they can walk among us...

read more