2017 Fall Silent Auction - Tenant Resource Center



Come Celebrate 37 Years of Housing Justice in Wisconsin

at Tenant Resource Center's Fall Silent Auction!

Friday, November 10th

5pm to 8pm

at The Brink Lounge in Madison

 

Click here to make your suggested donation today!

And don't forget to R.S.V.P. on Facebook!

 

We live in strange times, do we not? From my office, I look out onto our office floor, where our staff and volunteers congregate to reach those who seek our help. In the last few months, I saw a formerly homeless client walk into our office, agitated. He and his family lived in housing provided by a Madison non-profit, but he'd been in an accident, and they had used their rent money to pay medical bills. And now, instead of the support they were hoping for from their non-profit housing, they were being evicted. 

In the last week, a Latina mother told our Spanish-speaking staff that her landlord had come to the door, demanded to be let in without notice, and when our client refused, handed our client a non-renewal notice simply because that client had asked that the landlord adhere to landlord entry laws requiring 12 hours notice. A new immigrant, facing threats and fearing sexual assault from a former partner, asked how to deal with a baseless eviction notice. An elderly father with dementia called to try and protect his cognitively disabled adult son, facing an incorrectly timed non-renewal. 

Despite the crazy world around us, our staff dove in, and we were able to help. For the client facing eviction, we were able to give eviction prevention funds, and stabilize their housing. For the Latina single mother, our staff helped to write a letter, and the landlord desisted illegal activity. For the immigrant, we referred to supportive services for survivors of domestic violence, since she hadn't known domestic abuse could encompass situations without current romantic involvement. For the elderly caretaker, we sent information by mail since he thought he might forget what we said on the phone. 

In this tense political climate, in which emboldened hatred seems to guide many actions, we are seeing that the marginalized communities among us are the most likely to be abused. In the face of this, we feel so lucky to be a part of these clients lives, and so proud to earn their trust. 

We know that you, our supporters and our community, have trusted us, as well. You trust that we will treat our clients (your friends, families and neighbors!) with basic human respect and empathy. You trust that we will do everything in our power to support and house vulnerable populations, to allow them the chance to meet their basic human needs. 

In the last year, your support has helped us weather an excruciating budget cut. We have since won back that loss, and now are increasing our services AND DOUBLING OUR STAFF AND QUADRUPLING OUR VOLUNTEERS. We will:

- Continue to offer our core housing counseling, outreach and education services across Wisconsin,
- Offer ongoing case management to vulnerable populations in Dane County,
- Expand our homelessness prevention funds and offer short-term case management for people going through eviction,
- Expand our Rapid Rehousing Program, in which we pair supportive rent subsidies with case management for Dane County clients at risk of homelessness,
- Start a diversion program directly at Dane County Small Claims Court, to expand upon the housing counseling we currently offer, and pair it with financial support to keep vulnerable populations from becoming homeless,
- Put staff at the Beacon to house currently homeless clients.

THIS IS AMAZING WORK. And it comes with immediate challenges We will not be able to offer these services unless we:

- Increase our office space. We currently do not have enough square footage for the clients, volunteers and staff. We are so happy to say that we can simply move across the hall (!!!!) but this requires: construction, rent on both spaces while we remodel and move, costs to move our computer and network infrastructure, and tremendous staff time to make it happen.
- Have enough work stations for our staff. We need to find furniture that will meet our staff and client needs!
- Support our staff. We believe that we have the best staff in Madison. We want to support our personnel, and offer opportunities for growth around mental health first aid, and trauma informed care, so that we are making the biggest impact on our clients.

None of these costs are covered by our grants. We need your help. Here's how:

First: Please join us for our Silent Auction Fall Fundraiser! We're hoping you'll come celebrate with us and let us thank you for your continued support by enjoying a lovely evening together. 

SILENT AUCTION FALL FUNDRAISER
Friday, November 10th
5 - 8pm at the Brink Lounge, at 701 E Washington in Madison
RSVP Here!

Second: Please consider sponsoring our event! 

To sponsor, simply:
1.  Pledge (reply to this email and let me know the amount) 
2.  Donate online
3.  Donate through Community Shares (let me know so you get listed)
4.  Become a sustainer! (A small monthly donation helps us manage cash flow and gets you automatically listed as a sponsor for our events!)
5.  Send a check (let me know so you get listed):
Tenant Resource Center
1202 Williamson Street, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53703  

Third: Help with our Fundraiser in other ways:

1.  Donate a silent auction item to our fundraiser! Are you an artist or craftsperson? A local business? Can you teach piano, or bake a dozen cookies? Our silent auction brings in the most creative prizes and local gifts in town -- let us know what you can contribute!
2.  Donate a food item from a commercial kitchen, or a gift card from your favorite restaurant!
3.  Volunteer for the TRC! More info here


Thank you so much for your continued support, and for helping us through the last 37 years. It means the world to us.

Always, 
Brenda

 

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