Donations to MRFY: Big and Big!

So, what a wonderful world !  We have neighbors who are working hard to help MRFY move forward to help homeless youth in Dane County!

In January, MRFY received a very generous $1,000, (yep!) donation from the Quarles and Brady LLC Quarles Cares project. Thank you to everyone at Quarles Cares who participated and made this happen, we are deeply grateful.



This week MRFY also received a donation from Mr. Dyer’s 7th grade Social Studies class. The class networked with their peers and coordinating the collection of  220 pounds of cans for MRFY which resulted in a $110 donation that we were humbled to accept. What great citizens!SAMSUNG

Film Screenings Sunday February 24, 2013

Want to see the MRFY film, hear some great music and hear a thought provoking message too?

MRFY has been invited to show the film after the 9AM and the 11AM services at :

First Unitarian Society
900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI, 53705

Click on this link to read about the service:

Join us for the screening and the discussion afterwards.

Upcoming showings of the Make Room For Youth film

The beat goes on…..

More public showings of the film:

The Dane County Homeless Issues Committee has invited MRFY to the March 26th meeting, 6:30, City County Building , 3rd Floor.

We will show the film and have a discussion, come join us!

Members of the committee are:

Deedra Atkinson Member
Ronnie Barbett Member
Mike Basford Member
Dianne Hesselbein Member County Board Supervisor
Bridget Maniaci Member
Sofia Martinez Member
Larry Palm Member
Leland Pan Member County Board Supervisor
Steve Schooler Member
Heidi Wegleitner Member County Board Supervisor
Ulysses Williams Member
Chief Nobel Wray Member
Nick Zweifel Member County Board Supervisor


MRFY will show the film at the Homeless  Consortium meeting Tuesday February 5 , at the United Way , 1955 Atwood Ave. The meeting is from 12:00 – 1:00

Another showing will be at the Annual Game Night at West High School, March 2013 (date to be determined).

The National Honor Society membership at West is sponsoring the night as a fund raiser and ALL of the proceeds will go to MRFY!!!

Homeless Youth Awareness Event at the State Capitol MARCH 12th!


On TUESDAY, MARCH 12th, Rep. Chris Taylor, Rep. Melissa Sargent and Rep. Amy Loudenbeck co-hosted a Legislative Symposium on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth from 1:00 – 3:00 at the State Capitol in room 411 South.

Participants included Green Bay, Beloit, Janesville and Madison school staff and youth advocates. Three short films from three different  areas of Wisconsin  highlighted the young people in those communities who experience homelessness and are doing so without parents or guardians. These are stories of kids on their own who are trying to stay in school while being responsible for their own housing and safety.

The new State Department of Children and Families Office of Youth Services, Wendy Henderson attended as well as legislators from across the state.

What great promise this day holds for our state and what hope we have for changes to be made that will help youth find more safe places to stay.

Make Room For Youth: The first Short Film!

MRFY is very very proud to announce that the short film created for MRFY by film maker Will Nimmow is now available for viewing!

View the first few minutes of the Film Make Room For Youth on youtube by clicking HERE

We are VERY happy to arrange a showing of the entire film. Please contact us about hosting an event.

The flowing and poignant narrative tells the stories of youth who were homeless and alone in Madison, Wisconsin.  While their stories are compelling, what they give us is a glimpse into the world of scores of others in our community.The additional voice of our street outreach worker ties the two stories to the stories that are not told in this film, the stories of 10, 20, 50 or more youth, on their own tonight.