On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many community spaces often visited by individuals who are homeless are closed in honor of the celebration. Karen Andro, Community Outreach Director at Madison: First UMC, saw the dangerously low temperatures forecasted for that day and knew she had to help. “Though our church offices were closed for the holiday, Karen gave her vacation day to open the church building, organize teams of volunteers and offer care for others,” Associate Pastor Tina Lang said. “I am so honored to be in ministry with her!” More than 130 individuals were served, and Andro said many connections were made, providing lifelines to survival and outreach services. “We served a hearty breakfast, lunch featuring soups from the LEED Kitchen, 25 pizzas donated by Little Ceasers, and homemade treats brought in by church members. Our volunteer team included AmeriCorp volunteers, dedicated outreach ministry volunteers, community outreach partners, street outreach teams, and church members who came in and helped where needed. My gratitude runs deep for leadership in support of opening the church,” Andro said. Click here to see pictures from the church, and watch news stories from the local FOX, NBC, and ABC news stations.