How One Laptop Helps Madison’s Homeless

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Daniel Gotautis, member of G.U.T.S. presents the donated computer to Tami Miller.

Thanks to a generous donation by G.U.T.S., Globe University-Madison West’s information technology student organization, a local charity group can move forward in improving their mission.

Members of G.U.T.S. (Globe University Technical Society) donated a new laptop computer to Friends of the State Street Family, a grassroots outreach charity which sets out to provide essential items and food to the homeless population in Madison.

Tami Miller, who established the group and serves as the lead, expressed her appreciation and shared what this donation means for Friends of the State Street Family.

“This computer means a lot for our organization,” Miller said. “We have a lot of volunteers, but no budget. What we really do is unique in that we go out to find people living under bridges, in tents, on the street or in their cars all over the city. There is an estimate of 400 people living like this unsheltered in Madison. Having this computer will not only help us get a working website, it will help us connect people with services remotely while we are out on the field. I’m really excited about all the possibilities this computer will provide us so thank you so much.”

In addition to the donation, both Globe University-Madison East and West campuses serve as donation sites for Friends of the State Street Family thanks to Dee Dee Collette, information technology program chair’s efforts. Dee Dee has been volunteering for Friends of the State Street Family and felt that having Globe University-Madison East and West as donation sites would be useful for donors and benefit the cause.

Givers can drop off donations at either campus’s front reception during regular campus hours. The locations are:

Globe University-Madison East: 4901 Eastpark Blvd., Madison, WI 53718

Globe University-Madison West: 1345 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562

Essential Items Needed:

Anything that is practical that can help people stay warm is appreciated because they are living outside at night in cold Wisconsin winters. These include:

  • Warm sleeping bags
  • Thermal underwear
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Large-XXL men’s coats
  • Hand warmers

For more information on volunteer efforts, check out their Facebook page called Feeding the State Street Family. There you can learn about all the volunteer opportunities available and read up on the latest efforts they are doing to help the Madison homeless population.