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Alder Scott J. Resnick

Alder Scott J. Resnick

Home Address:
661 Mendota Ct # 1404
Madison , WI 53703

Phone: 608-807-7962
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Porchlight: Neighbors coming together after a tragedy

January 19, 2012 5:07 PM

On January 13th, a fire that began in a community lounge on the second floor displaced 101 residents of Porchlight Transitional Housing Apartments. While many residents were able to return to their apartments in the following hours, the aftermath left sixteen women without any possessions and homeless.


Adjacent to Porchlight is Saint Francis Board House. Earlier this year the Common Council approved the moving and eventual construction of a student high rise on the Saint Francis parcel. The building had already been transferred to the developer, LZ Ventures, and preparations for the future construction have already commenced.


After hearing the news of the fire, however, Steve Silverburg, a partner at LZ Ventures, contacted the Episcopal Church about reopening the doors of Saint Francis to house at least ten of the displaced women. Next door, Jim Stopple, the President of Madison Property Management and manger of Grand Central, offered to lend furniture and supplies. Luther Memorial Congregation was contacted and also lent support.


Four days after the fire, four women took refuge in the Saint Francis House. On Tuesday, eight more moved in.


The recent decision to pursue further development on this block has sparked some animosity among otherwise passionate and well-meaning neighbors. However, this example illustrates that a community can still coexist and thrive despite a controversial construction project; that during a time of emergency and loss, good neighbors will forget the past and come together to help those in need.


Porchlight is still looking for financial contributions and seek the following donations:

  • New or lightly used women's clothing
  • Towels
  • Twin and double sheets
  • Staple food items that are packaged in cardboard, paper or plastic. Canned items survived the fire, but things like sugar, peanut butter, etc. did not. 


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