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ReachOut Program

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The ReachOut Program is comprised of a coalition of public, private and non-profit entities who have a common goal: to provide necessary services to Madison’s street community. With the help of many people and the generous financial support of Steve Brown Apartments, the program began May 1, 2003.

The program provides public education to raise awareness and encourage charitable donations to area non-profits that assist the homeless population of Madison in finding treatment, housing and jobs. It also discourages giving money to panhandlers, as it can become a way of life for some. While many people are truly in need, giving spare change to a person panhandling is only a short-term solution. Your kindness may only reinforce negative behavior.

How to help:
  • Make a cash donation to go directly to organizations that are trained to help people in need instead of giving money to panhandlers.
  • Give a gift of time and volunteer for organizations that can directly help people in need.
  • Educate others about the ReachOut Program by requesting copies of the ReachOut Resource Guide to distribute to friends, neighbors and clubs.
  • Above all, please do not give directly to people panhandling. Data show that the money received from panhandling goes to alcohol, drugs and cigarettes - NOT to food and shelter.
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