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People & Places: Good Works

  • Area Service Providers:

    Joining Forces for Families
    5818 Balsam Road
    Madison, WI 53711
    Phone: (608) 273-6622.
    JFF is a community-based organization offering assistance with housing, food, utilities, and employment. Mike Bruce and Steve Barber staff the southwest center located on Balsam Road.

    Meadowood on the Move!
    Carol Lobes
    Center for Democracy in Action
    (608) 838-7491
    The Center for Democracy in Action received a neighborhood grant from the City of Madison Department of Planning & Development to work on building neighborhood leadership and capacity in the Russett and Balsam areas of the Meadowood Neighborhood Association. The outcome of the project is to develop a safer, more viable neighborhood by building assets and engaging residents.

    Centers of Worship:
    • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
      5701 Raymond Road
      Madison, Wisconsin 53711
      Phone: (608) 271-6633
      Resources: Local food pantry; Space available for community group meetings, adult education, and community events.
    • Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
      1501 Gilbert Rd
      Madison, WI 53711
      (608) 271-7212
      Resources: Housing partnerships and education.
    • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
      1701 McKenna Blvd.
      Madison, WI 53711
      Phone: (608) 274-6608
    • Madison Mennonite Church
      1501 Gilbert Rd
      Madison, WI 53711
      Phone: (608) 276-7608
    • Saint Maria Goretti Church
      5313 Flad Ave.
      Madison WI 53711
      Phone: (608) 271-7421

    South West Neighborhood Staff Team:

    To be more responsive to neighborhood issues, the City Madison has setup eight citywide teams comprised of city staff, and in case non-city staff, that work directly within neighborhoods. Building inspectors, neighborhood police officers, public health nurses, and other pertinent city staff meet bimonthly to discuss major trends occurring within the southwest neighborhoods, better coordinate municipal services, and identify any issues to improve delivery of city services. In addition to city staff, other important stakeholders such as community center staff, school officials, and probation and parole officers frequently attend the meetings. The SW Neighborhood Resource Team meets the second Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, November at 1:00 at the Wisconsin Youth & Family Center, 1201 McKenna Blvd. More information:

    • Al Vorhees, Team Leader, City of Madison