First UMC Madison has many outreach ministries focused on helping the homeless. One of these lifesaving initiatives is related to Street Outreach during extreme weather. Karen Andro, Director of Hope’s Home Ministries for First UMC Madison, began going out on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 9 p.m. to after midnight seeking those in need.

Andro said, “These are the times that our homeless brothers and sisters who do not use emergency shelter are on the streets, often suffering from trauma, mental illness, PTSD, and issues of substance abuse, all increasing risk factors for survival during extreme weather. I can say with confidence that we saved a life this past New Year's Day evening, when we cared for a man suffering hypothermia and frostbite. He would have died on the streets if we had not intervened, as we were informed by our Madison Police Central District officer on duty.”

Andro and other volunteers provide Survival Kits to the homeless on these cold nights. The Survival Kits include hand warmers, socks, and safety blankets. This initiative was featured on Madison news WKOW 27 and the Christian blog 6th Day Missions. If you are interested in supporting these lifesaving initiatives for the homeless in Madison, please contact Karen Andro at 608-338-0320 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..